BUFFALO, N.Y. - The old saying of a picture being worth a thousand words was never more true.
It was one year ago when married congressman Chris Lee posted a cell phone picture on Craig's List answering an ad from a woman.
Lee claimed to be a divorced lobbyist who was a "very fit, fun and classy guy."
Within three hours of the picture being posted on the appropriately named gossip website Gawker, Chris Lee was an ex-congressman.
That started a domino effect: a special election was called and Republicans nominated Asssemblywoman Jane Corwin, Democrats County Clerk Kathy Hochul and businessman Jack Davis ran as an independent.
You may remember that Davis goaded into a confrontation with a Republican staffer.
Lee's resignation cost the Republicans his seat as Hochul won in a huge upset in the heavily Republican district.
Lee was just starting his second term in office and had just been appointed to the house's most powerful committee: Ways and Means.
Scott Brown: "What kind of future do you think Chris Lee could have had?"
Former Congressman Tom Reynolds: "He seemed to have endless opportunity to continue climbing the ladder of congress. People looked and expected great things from him, both from the community and here in Washington."
Lee declined an interview with 2 On Your Side for this story but he has certainly not gone underground since the scandal erupted he's often been seen working out at the Buffalo Club and has been out and about around town at various restaurants and charitable events.
Lee is now investing in real estate.
Scott Brown spoke with Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy who has stayed in touch with Lee.
Scott Brown: "Can you foresee any scenerio where he gets back into politics?"
Nick Langworthy: "I really don't think so in my conversations with Chris over the past year, I think he's pretty happy resuming his private life."
One big question yet to be answered is how Lee's resignation will impact Western New York when it comes to redistricting and the possibility of the area losing a congressional seat.
Nick Langworthy: "Had Chris Lee still been in the seat, Republicans would have been trying to protect a seat held by an up and coming member who was sitting on Ways and Means we would have had more clout in that process. That has actually shifted now as Kathy Hochul who is seen in Democratic circles as a rising star. You're probably going to see more efforts to preserve her seat and make it more Democratic and safe for her."