Boehner: Rep. Christoper Lee 'Made His Own Decision' to Resign

'He was not forced out'

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.) “made his own decision” to resign on Wednesday after a tabloid website published a suggestive photo the married congressman sent to a woman he encountered on Craigslist.

“Congressman Lee made his own decision that he thought was in his best interests and the interests of his family,” Boehner said at a news conference

The Speaker did not say whether he spoke to Lee in the hours between when the website,, published its story and when the congressman resigned, shortly before 5 p.m. Speaking tersely and hesitantly about the topic, Boehner also declined to discuss warnings against excess partying that he issued to Republicans
REPORT: John Boehner Warned Rep. Christopher Lee To 'Knock It Off' After Earlier Partying With Women
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Former Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.), who resigned Wednesday after a report surfaced showing that he had sent a shirtless picture of himself in response to a woman's Craigslist posting, may have been the subject of previous concern about his conduct with women, a new report claims.

According to Politico's account of Lee's resignation, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) personally intervened following a pattern of similar behavior:

Lee, sources said, was one of several junior GOP lawmakers that Boehner allegedly warned to "knock it off" with regard to his partying with female lobbyists last year.

While Boehner refrained Thursday from commenting on that account, telling reporters only that "my conversations with members are private and will remain that way,"
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