Congressman won’t seek re-election after nude pic leak


A veteran Texas congressman whose nude photo surfaced on social media said Thursday he won’t seek re-election.

Republican Rep. Joe Barton announced his retirement in an interview with the Dallas Morning News just weeks after saying he would seek an 18th term.

“I’ve always listened to people in Texas and worked for them in Washington, and I’ve been listening to a lot of people the last week in Texas,” Barton said.

“There are enough people who lost faith in me that it’s time to step aside and let there be a new voice for the 6th district in Washington, so I am not going to run for re-election.”

Barton has represented Texas’ sixth congressional district since 1985.

The 68-year-old grandfather, who was divorced in 2015, had earlier apologized for the incident that ended his career.

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

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