BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The media awaited the arrival of Chris Lee at the Buffalo-Niagara Airport Wednesday night after a staffer announced his resignation on the floor of the House of Representatives, but Lee never arrived.
Media outlets expected Lee to arrive in western New York Wednesday night after he made a comment to FOX News in Washington, D.C. He told their reporters, "I have to work this out with my wife."
Though he was expected to arrive Wednesday night, our reporter Rich Newberg never saw him come through the airport. However, Newberg did have a chance to talk with many people at the airport who were amazed at Lee's resignation, and many expressed disappointment. Many compared Lee to Eliot Spitzer, another politician with a lot of potential, whose career also went through political self-destruction.
One woman said, "At least have respect for yourself, your position, and those who voted you in." Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore, who was coming back on a flight from Albany, was concerned about the impact this might have on children and those who look up to lawmakers to set a good example. Rumore said, "We should all feel sorry for the family. The quick resignation was the right thing to do."
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