Texas Congressman Joe Barton. WARNING: The nude photo of him – in censored form – appears at the end of this blog. If you don’t want to see it, don’t scroll down that far

Conservative Texas Congressman Joe Barton, R-Ennis, is apologizing this week after naked photos of him appeared on an anonymous Twitter feed.

Barton, the 68-year-old traditional family values champion who is divorced from his second wife, Terri Barton, issued a statement today (Wednesday, Nov. 22), apologizing and explaining where the photo came from:

“While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women. 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.”

(Interesting to note that in his statement Barton stressed that he had “consensual” sexual relationships with “other mature adult women.” I guess he wants to make sure everyone knows he isn’t a pedophile like Roy Moore and all those others sexual harassers.)

Barton, who announced his re-election bid last month, told Texas Tribune today that he is considering the fate of his future political career: “I am talking to a number of people, all of whom I have faith in and am deciding how to respond, quite frankly.”

Openly-gay Democrat John Duncan is running against Barton to represent Texas’ 6th District in Congress. Barton has been a steadfast foe of LGBT equality throughout his tenure in Washington, D.C., voting against ENDA, for amending the Constitution to ban marriage equality, for banning adoption by same-sex couples and more.

NUDE PHOTO – CENSORED – BELOW. If that offends you, don’t scroll any further.






— Tammye Nash