Chris Lee Sex Scandal Reveals Common, Dirty Washington Fantasy

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Feb. 9 2011 8:12 PM

Chris Lee Sex Scandal Reveals Common, Dirty Washington Fantasy

The

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of Representative Chris Lee is unsensational, as Washington sex scandals go. Unlike other straying legislators, he was reportedly looking for

, consensual, and

sex—and he didn't even get especially close to consummating his would-be affair. The only really good part is good because its banality is in a different register. What would a member of Congress choose as a profession for his online sex searching? What did Lee come up with when he tried to invent an alter ego who was basically himself, only a little younger and more available?


By email, Lee identified himself as a 39-year-old divorced lobbyist.

Naturally he did. And he might end up really being a lobbyist, after the dust settles.

(A salute to Alex Pareene, who noticed this detail too.)

Tom Scocca is the managing editor of Deadspin and the author of Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future.