Saturday, February 12, 2011
Craigslist congressman and wife trying to work things out
The "humiliated" wife of shamed Craigslist Congressman Christopher Lee has rushed to his side and is "hoping to work things out" with him at an ultra-private Florida enclave, sources close to the family said.
Michele Lee, 44, bolted the couple's Buffalo home Thursday and flew to Florida, where she and Lee, 46, are holed up inside the gates of Key Largo's exclusive Ocean Reef Club, where Lee's dad, Patrick, owns a $4 million home, insiders told The Post.
"She's crushed -- this was supposed to be her prince charming," a friend of Michele said yesterday.
Michele had been concerned about the upstate lawmaker's extended solo stays in Washington, and had tried to get him to spend more time in Buffalo, said another source.
Revelations that Lee had trawled Craigslist for trysts -- and even sent one would-be paramour a cheesy shirtless picture of himself -- are a particularly harsh blow for Michele, whose first marriage to a high-school sweetheart ended after he cheated on her.
"She picked a bad boy twice, which is a shame, because she's a smart woman without a mean bone in her body. She's absolutely humiliated," said a friend. "She was so proud of him and what he'd accomplished."
Lee's dad, wealthy businessman Patrick Lee, is also apoplectic over his son's spectacular career flameout, friends said.
The respected, straight-laced Patrick had previously warned his son about his philandering, and was "particularly enraged" over the "sloppiness of the situation" and the photo, a source noted.
"Patrick is mortified, [and] pushed his son to resign immediately to curtail any extended embarrassment for the family," the source said. "He said, 'End it quick.' "
In Washington yesterday, GOPers were also hoping for a quick end, but that was out of the question as media scrutiny of Republican sex lives ratcheted up.
House Speaker John Boehner has had at least two meetings warning congressmen to keep their pants zipped and their partying under control, sources said.