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Republican Congressman Apologizes For Lewd Photo Shared On Twitter

U.S. Congressman Joe Barton (R-Texas) apologized to his constituents Wednesday for having to see a nude photo of him, paired with an explicit text message, online.

A cell phone photo of the naked Congressman was posted by an anonymous Twitter account on Tuesday and quickly made the rounds on social media. With it, a photo of a text message from Barton reading “I want you sooo bad” (and a few more sexually explicit comments).

Barton’s acknowledgment that he appears in the photo emphasizes that the women he was involved with in the past, one of whom may have shared the photo, were above the age of consent and willing participants.

Barton released a Texas Tribune. ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>statement on Wednesday apologizing for the incident, emphasizing that the women he was involved with in the past, one of whom may have shared the photo, were above the age of consent and willing participants.

“While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women,” he said. “Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended. I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down.”

Barton, who announced his re-election bid earlier this month, is navigating in a political environment charged with emerging stories of sexual misbehavior in politics, in business, and in the media. The photo, which appeared on an anonymous Twitter account, set off speculation within Texas GOP circles about his political future.

In a phone interview with The Texas Tribune. ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Texas Tribune on Tuesday, Barton said he was deliberating that.

“You’re as aware of what was posted as I am,” he said. “I am talking to a number of people, all of whom I have faith in and am deciding how to respond, quite frankly,” he said.

Barton was previously chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee.

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