BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Details continue to surface about the Maryland woman who triggered Lee’s quick resignation.
While she initially didn’t reveal her identity, she has now identified herself as a 34 year old single mom from the DC area.
She is a faculty specialist for the University of Maryland who is supposedly shocked at how a casual online flirtation exploded into a national scandal.
Friday, politicians across the country continue to grapple with the fallout from the photo.
Her name is Yesha Callahan, the formerly anonymous single mother whose Craigslist ad inspired Congressman Chris Lee to tell her he was a divorced lobbyist, and send her a topless muscle photo of himself.
The revelation led to his resignation in record time.
Lee was ready to take on Washington back in 2008.
With his family by his side, the political newcomer was all smiles after his big win.
He campaigned for months against democrat Alice Kryzen.
During the race, he was forced to defend himself after it was learned he was fired from Ingram Micro for altering account information.
Former Congressman Chris Lee said, “I made a mistake 20 years ago, which I owned up at the time. I’ve gone on and have a very successful career and I want to take what I’ve learned over the last 20 years, and apply it to Washington.”
News 4 is now learning that accusations of inappropriate behavior involving women have trailed Lee since he first ran for Congress.
Sources close to the Kryzan campaign reportedly had first-hand knowledge of Lee cheating or attempting to cheat on his wife.
Those allegations were never brought up in the race.
We also learned that Lee was warned about his behavior by now House Speaker John Boehner.
Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy was Lee’s campaign manager.
Langworthy said, “Chris Lee has committed no crimes. Chris is not Eliot Spitzer, or one of those foolish individuals. He’s made some foolish decisions.”
Langworthy said, “This is someone that’s had some failings in his marriage and personal life.”
No concrete evidence has surfaced that Lee has cheated on his wife.
But, in the wake of widespread news coverage of the Craigslist photo, sources reportedly say it fits into a pattern of accusations that stretch back a few years.
Immediately after the photo became public, Lee issued a brief statement of apology, and then his letter of resignation.
We haven’t heard from him since.
His congressional spokesman issued a statement, saying that under House procedures, Lee’s media staff can no longer discuss the situation.
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