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What We Can Learn From Congressman Christopher Lee: Craigslist Post Followed By Resignation Serves As Reminder

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Did Congressman Christopher Lee want to get caught?

It’s a tale as old as time, a politician who is accused of having an affair or engaging in inappropriate marital behavior. He initially denies it (or in Lee’s case is even reprimanded for it by colleagues) and then when faced with the leak of concrete evidence, he admits the wrong doing and immediately issues an apology to his beloved wife, saying how much he regrets hurting his family. There’s nothing new here.

But what Congressman Christopher Lee did, however, was a little over the top.

He allegedly answered Craigslist ads on the “women seeking men section” and wrote to a 34-year-old woman saying he was a lobbyist who is a “very fit fun classy guy” and divorced. Then he sent a shirtless photo of himself from his own Gmail account.

Some may say this was simply a thinly veiled cry for help because he either wanted to get caught, get out of politics, or possibly both.

It brings up so many life lessons that we want to teach our kids.

Be honest. If you are married, be honest with your spouse. If you want to leave the marriage, tell them. For kids, the same advice holds true. If you do something wrong, take responsibility for it. It may be hard but being honest is the only way to retain your integrity.

Take calculated —not overt— risks. Some say Lee is an over-the-top risk-taker. Surely putting his face and real name on a Craigslist response was just inviting people to discover his identity. Was it the thrill of the risk that made it so enticing? Lesson here for kids: really think about something before you do it because once it’s done, it’s forever. Consider the benefits and drawbacks of any given behavior.

Internet privacy. There is none. No matter what kids may think, the internet is not private and if you put anything out there an indecent word, sentence, question or photo it is bound to come back and haunt you. Just don’t do it.

Do you think Lee wanted to get caught? How sick are you of politicians denying bad behavior?

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