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A New York laundry finds Chris Lee's missing shirt

February 11, 2011 |  8:44 am

ex-Rep Chris Lee Hardee Bros Cleaners Lancaster NY Robert Kirkham Buffalo News

You don't have to live in New York's upstate 26th Congressional District to know now about Chris Lee. The U.S. representative was one of the Republicans' few success stories in the 2008 elections.ex Rep Chris Lee of New York

Now, he's a former representative, having immediately resigned after this week's publication on a gossip website of his photo, shirtless, which the married congressman reportedly sent to a prospective female date on another website.

Following the time-honored American political tradition of kicking someone after they have knocked themselves down, Hardees Cleaners in Lancaster just east of Buffalo had its own humorous comment posted in the store window Thursday. 

If you don't get the laundry's joke, the original news story is readable right here.

According to New York law, a panel of party county chairmen, weighted by party membership, will select their respective candidates for a special district election later this year.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photos: Robert Kirkham / Buffalo News via Associated Press; Gawker via Associated Press.