GOP lawmaker apologizes after naked photo surfaces


Just when you were hoping it would stop with Charlie Rose, another sex-related story is grabbing headlines.

Now it is Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton taking center stage with his apology for a nude photo and lewd text message that surfaced on social media this week.

“While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women,” Barton said in a statement. “Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended.”

Barton, who is now 68, went on to say he is sorry.

“I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down.”

An anonymous account on Twitter earlier this week posted a censored photo of a nude man and suggested it was Barton. The account also tweeted a screenshot of a text message from “Joe B” using strongly sexual language.

The apology was first reported by The Texas Tribune.

Barton has been in Congress since 1984.


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