Yesha Callahan became nationally famous in just 12 hours. Last Wednesday she was "anonymous," the woman who brought down Republican Representative Christopher Lee of New York after exposing him as a cheater who sent her topless photos of himself via Craigslist. Now people want to know about her, the single mom who ended Lee's political career in just a few hours.
Lee, a married congressman, resigned on Wednesday amid the scandal that broke on the blog, Gawker. The blog revealed that he had been trolling for women in the "Women Seeking Men" forum of Craigslist as Christopher Lee, a "divorced" "lobbyist" and "fit fun classy guy."
According to Callahan, there were no nefarious intentions to her outing, just a desire to save other women the headache of dealing with a guy who says he isn't married when he is. According to the Washington Post:
I didn't do this for the attention or, you know, notoriety or money or whatever. Now I just want to go about my daily business.
She exposed him as a liar and a cheat, but also as a hypocrite, one who has judged the decisions of others in the bedroom but apparently thought he could get away with whatever he wanted.
The congressman from the Buffalo area was a rising star politically whose decisions on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and the Respect for Marriage Act were pretty clear. He doesn't think homosexuals deserve the same rights as the rest of us. Meanwhile, in his own bedroom, he was sending topless photos of himself to women on the Internet. Hypocrite, table of one, your party is ready ...
Callahan, 34, a single mother, said she never expected the intense media interest in the story. She works as a faculty specialist for the University of Maryland and has a preteen son. Like any dating woman, she consulted her friends, and after they helped her see that "Lee's deception was out of bounds," she wanted to spread it as a cautionary tale. So she went to Gawker and gave them the first look at the photos.
What Lee did was wrong and exceptionally stupid. Callahan may have been only thinking of her fellow single women, but she actually did all of us a favor. Who knows where his seat in Congress could have led and, yes, Washington is full of people who cheat on their marriages and do strange things sexually. But those lawmakers who think they can legislate what others do in their bedrooms while doing whatever they want on the side have another thing coming.
Yesha Callahan, on behalf of women, taxpayers, and American citizens, I thank you. And whatever rock Lee has crawled under to lick his wounds, I hope it's large and heavy and will never allow him to see the light of day again.
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Image via Gawker