Texas Congressman Joe Barton has issued an apology after a Twitter used revealed that they had received both a nude picture and several videos of Barton masturbating. The picture was posted to the user’s Twitter account, and was censored by the user. Barton has served in the House for 32 years.
In his apology, Barton says, “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.”
He then added, “I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down.” (source) 1:50 p.m. ET November 22, 2017
Barton has announced that he will not seek reelection after this scandal.“I am very proud of my public record and the many accomplishments of my office,” he said in a statement. “Now is time to step aside and let there be a new voice.” (source) 3:11 p.m. ET November 30, 2017