February 11, 2011 by USA Post
Yesha Callahan, What started as a joke to verify the men led to the sudden resignation of a member of Congress and now the woman at the center of the controversy is talking picture.
If she initially did not reveal her identity, the woman who sent the gossip Web site Gawker.com tpless photo of Rep. Christopher Lee, RN.Y. The Washington Post identified as the Yesha Callahan a single mother and a professional faculty at the University of Maryland.
Callahan told the Post she was shocked by how quickly the situation has become a national controversy.
“I did not make it to the attention or, you know, notoriety or money or something,” Callahan told the Post. “Now I just want to go to work everyday.”
Apart from the Post story, Callahan gave an interview to TheLoop21.com the Danielle Belton, a former journalist and blogger who says she is also a friend.
Belton said Callahan is a “professional, simple and efficient, 34-year-old African American woman” who put an ad in the “women seeking men” section of Craigslist as a joke – just to see what kind men would send him pictures.
In the article of Belton, Callahan’s identity was not revealed, and it was called “anonymous,” according to the Post.
Belton said when Callahan received the picture in the Republic Lee; she had no idea who she was dealing with.
Callahan said in an interview that she originally thought Belton TheLoop21.com image was a “wrong because it looked like an ad from JC Penney.” Later, she said that Lee was “not too badly, “after watching a second picture he sent.
His name is Yesha Callahan, formerly anonymous single mother whose “women seeking men” Craigslist ad last month has inspired married Rep. Chris Lee (RN.Y.) to tell him he was a lobbyist divorced, send a photo of himself tpless and muscle, on Wednesday, leaving Congress only hours after Gawker.com released the story.
Meanwhile Speaker John Boehner said resignation of Lee lightning speed is the result of a jump of staff, not a leadership shake.
The two-term GOP rising star “made his own decision which seemed in its best interests and those of his family,” Boehner said at his weekly news conference scheduled on Thursday. But he would not discuss whether he talked to Lee after the story broke. He would not say whether he also accused Lee and some other very social, young Republicans last year about their after-hours partying with lobbyists for women, as reported by division (which maintains a paywall stories).
“My conversations with members is private and it will remain that way,” he said. “I think members of Congress would be held at the highest level of ethics. That is what the American people expect. “
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