The Maryland woman whose online encounter with a married New York congressman ultimately sparked his resignation broke her silence Thursday, sending an eyebrow-raising message to the disgraced politician's wife: Get tested.
The unidentified woman, who is only described as a 34-year-old, revealed to Gawker.com that she was out on a date when she learned that Rep. Christopher Lee resigned from his congressional seat.
A shirtless photo of the Republican that surfaced on the gossip site Wednesday afternoon created a firestorm of controversy and pressured Lee to step down from his post within hours.
The married congressman who represented Erie and Niagra counties, posted the now-infamous photo on the "women seeking men" section of the site, and reportedly described himself to the woman as a 39-year-old lobbyist. Lee is 46-years-old.
After doing some research, the woman discovered who Lee really was and broke off their online romance. She later forwarded emails and the shirtless photo to Gawker, exposing the congressman and his secret life to the world.
When asked if she had any advice for the ex-congressman's wife, the woman issued a solid recommendation.
"Go get tested," she told Gawker. "I'm sure he hooked up with women from Craigslist who may have had, um, seedy paths."
Initially, a spokesman for the congressman claimed that someone had hacked Lee's accounts in an attempt to explain the half-naked photo.
"The Congressman is happily married," the spokesman said in a statement to Gawker. "The only time he or his wife posted something online was to sell old furniture when they changed the apartment they keep in DC."
It was later in the day when Lee released a statement apologizing to his family and staff, before announcing his resignation.
"It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York. I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents," he said in a statement. "I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness,"
"The challenges we face in Western New York and across the country are too serious for me to allow this distraction to continue, and so I am announcing that I have resigned my seat in Congress effective immediately."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times