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Boehner: Lee exit was the 'right decision'

From NBC News:  During his weekly press conference, House Speaker John Boehner made his first public comments on the abrupt resignation of Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY) following reports about inappropriate texting and photos.

"Congressman Lee made his own decision that he thought was in his best interest and the interest of his family," Boehner said.  "I think he made the right decision for himself and his family," he added. 

The House leadership has promised "zero tolerance policy" for ethical problems, and they've generally been quick to act when allegations arise. For example, when Rep. Mark Souder admitted last spring that he had an affair with a staffer, he was quickly forced to resign.

Today, Boehner said "I believe that members of Congress should be held to the highest ethical standard. That's what the American people expect."

Boehner "refused to say whether he spoke to Lee or urged him to resign" yesterday, according to the AP.  But he added:  "My conversations with members are private, and they will remain that way."