Joe Barton

Texas Rep. Joe Barton, embarrassed by nude photo online, to retire

Texas Rep. Joe Barton, embarrassed by nude photo online, to retire

Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, Texas' most-senior member of Congress, announced Thursday that he won't seek reelection after a naked photo of him circulated online and a conservative activist released past messages of a sexual nature from him.

The photo of the 68-year-old Barton was posted on an anonymous Twitter account just before Thanksgiving, and Barton apologized. But he also suggested he could be the victim of online exploitation by a woman he'd had a relationship with whose name has not been...

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