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Ex-Rep. Chris Lee, Wife in Retreat While Craigslist Ad-Placer Yesha Callahan Speaks Out

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And now, just in time for Valentine's Day, news of two women in the Craigslist congressman's tumultuous life: Michele Lee, his anguished spouse, and Yesha Callahan, who placed the "women seeking men" personals ad that derailed a promising political career and could wreck his marriage.

Mrs. Lee, 44, rushed from Buffalo to the ultra-posh and private Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, "hoping to work things out" with ex-Rep. Chris Lee, 46, the New York Post reports. The second-term New York Republican abruptly quit the House on Wednesday just hours after Gawker.com broke the story that he had lied about being a divorced lobbyist in a personals ad. He also sent a shirtless muscle photo of himself to the woman who placed the ad.

The "humiliated" wife and her hard-partying, millionaire second husband, 46, are said to be holed up at the same exclusive club where the fallen lawmaker's father, Patrick Lee, owns a $4 million home.

"'She's crushed -- this was supposed to be her prince charming,'" the Post quotes a friend of Michele. She fretted over his "extended solo stays in Washington," and urged him to spend more time in Buffalo, said another pal. Her first marriage to a high-school sweetheart ended after he cheated on her, according to the Post. The Lees have a young son.

"She picked a bad boy twice, which is a shame, because she's a smart woman without a mean bone in her body," a friend told the Post. "She's absolutely humiliated. She was so proud of him and what he'd accomplished."

Patrick Lee was said to be livid, having warned his son about his after-hours partying well before the Craigslist story broke. The elder Lee was "particularly enraged" over the "sloppiness of the situation" and the beefcake photo, reports the Post, which referred to Michele as "a woman porned." Patrick Lee pushed for immediate resignation "to curtail any extended embarrassment for the family," the source said. "He said, 'End it quick.'"

Meanwhile Callahan, 34 -- who anonymously outed Lee on Gawker and TheLoop21.com then went public in The Washington Post, now offers a cheeky, somewhat profane essay titled "Owning My ----" about the flap, complete with a winsome head shot, on her flyblackchick.com website.

"Sure, I'm the bad woman," she purrs, noting that some have accused her of "enticing" Lee to send her the infamous shirtless photo.

"Excuse me for not realizing 'Do you have something that doesn't look like a JCPenney Ad' is considered enticing nowadays. Maybe I'll use it more often. Maybe it'll keep me off of Craigslist. Maybe it'll yield me a financially & emotionally stable man. I mean anything is possible right?"

She chided "all of you holier than thous out there" for suggesting that anyone seeking dates on Craigslist should expect raunchy responses.

"The same people you're meeting from Match, E-Harmony, OkCupid and whatever other high priced service you want to use, guess what...they're all on Craigslist too!" she wrote. "And if you're looking for a job, may I suggest the job ads as well...There you go, my unpaid advertisement for Craigslist."

"Also, to set the record straight, Gawker didn't pay me & I didn't ask to be paid," writes the University of Maryland faculty specialist and mother of a young son.

In a pre-emptive strike against anyone digging into her past, she offers this intel:

"If it makes you happy to go back YEARS in my history and find a state tax lien that has been satisfied, some parking violations, a few days in jail *GASP* over stupid ---- and the recent Federal lawsuit regarding the previous name of my site, then knock yourselves out. Call every local newspaper or news channel. Shout it from the rooftops if it makes you feel better. Just don't slip and fall, I don't need another lawsuit because you broke your ------- neck while doing it. Tonight I will sleep fine. Tomorrow I will sleep fine. Hopefully those people who live lily white lives with no blemishes will sleep fine as well."

Happy Valentine's Day, ladies.

As for the buff ex-Congressman who described himself to Callahan in one e-mail as a "fit, fun and classy guy," well, Happy VD to you, too.

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<3 Bright Eyes

I dig the new comments thing. That's how things should be. You don't need to post this, but I just wanted to say that was a nice idea. Kudos.

February 14 2011 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
yokoach

many on this forum has asked..."What's the big deal, he was just flirting and didn't show any more than you'd see on the beach?"

for me the big deal isn't that he was looking to have an affair, that's his issue and his wife's and none of my business...the issue is that he's either too stupid or too arrogant or both to represent the american people.

how stupid or arrogant is one who would send those pictures? first, you're a public figure, a congressman, you're high profile, you're married, big rich family background, lots at stake, AND you send a photo pitching yourself to someone on Craig's list???? IN this day and age??? that's asking to be caught, manipulated, blackmailed,exposed, fill in the blank but it's either arrogant or stupid and anyone who is that level of stupid or arrogant doesn't deserve the public trust.

it's not about his morality for me, it's about his level of decision making. And he's shown he has virtually none, which makes ALL his other decisions suspect.

And for those addicted to attempt leveling the playing field by posting some dem infidelity (which somehow seems to justify for them Lee's stupidity) I had the same feelings about Clinton. I didn't care about the morality as much as I cared about the stupidity of his choice and the arrogance to think he wouldn't get caught....

February 14 2011 at 12:54 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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tballny

This is not the only thing about his "decsion making " faux pas that should be questioned.
In 1989 he hacked into Ingram Micro computers and raised the credit levels of his customers, for personal gain...
Makes you wonder what the hell he was doing with the computers on the "Hill"{ doesn't it?

February 14 2011 at 2:00 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
foghornpwf

Surprises me how many people respond to Lee's behavior with "what's the big deal?" or something like that. Seems as a population maybe we're getting desensitized to bad behavior. He lied. Can't be trusted. And apparently isn't too bright since he didn't seem to realize how easy it is to get caught behaving badly these days. Too bad he's far from the first and also probably far from the last.

February 13 2011 at 10:19 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply
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fpfp040408

I agree , BUT let us ask those who say "what's the big deal" that if their father cheated on their mother , " what's the big deal", I also guess that these people feel & believe it is no big deal if their mother is hurt and possibly devastated, I guess it is no big deal if it leads to divorce ETC

February 14 2011 at 10:34 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Michael

Dear Lord, can't you just lay off on Valentine's day and let these poor tortured souls sort it out? You've already got the miscreant's head on a platter, and he's no political force anymore. As far as I can see, we are out of "Politics Daily" territory and deep into "tabloid daily". Let this story drop and find some news of public concern.

February 13 2011 at 8:37 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
kim

I feel bad for the wife but her friend describes her as a smart woman without a mean bone in her body, hmmm. Her first husband cheated on her, I'm assuming that's why she got a divorce. You can't go through something like that and not have a gut feeling when it's happening again. I'm sure she saw the signs, but chose to ignore them. I do feel her pain, but if she chooses to stay with him, she's incredibly stupid.

February 13 2011 at 8:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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christierandall

No...if she truly loves him and he her they can work this out. I am not sure why anyone would suggest otherwise when they do not know all of the circumstances.

February 14 2011 at 11:01 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
premenos

To Big BAD DAD: No, it is not okay for Democrats. But if you recall, they weren't the holier than thou bunch who ran on the Family Values ticket and referred to themselves as the "Moral Majority".

February 13 2011 at 6:48 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply
Gary

Get over it...men are wired to cheat!

February 13 2011 at 6:11 PM Report abuse -11 rate up rate down Reply
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thudula

The Divorce rate was 50% why go public with infor on love ads. Days gone by the informer would have been sued for "Defamation of Character" I'm tired of people loosing jobs because of emails to mate wanted ads. WHO CARES

February 13 2011 at 6:10 PM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply
pizzaman7

All I want to know is, does he walk away with all his golden fleece benefits? If the answer is "YES" then I say its time for Americans to riot. I am so tired of politicians and lawyers. Now they are one in the same.Its time for the American people to say enough.

February 13 2011 at 6:04 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
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tballny

No he does not. He has not served long enough. He doesn't need it any way.
He is a Director in the Patrick P. Lee Foundation.

February 13 2011 at 6:16 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Pat Wright

Don't all these Republicans preach family values, Christian ethics, etc, etc??

They should practice what they preach.

February 13 2011 at 5:48 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
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