Can you believe it? Texas congressman Joe Barton was forced to apologize after a nude photo he sent to a woman leaked online. Want to know more? Here’s the latest information.
This is crazy! Joe Barton, 68, who has been serving as a Texas Congressman for more than 30 years, apologized on Nov. 22 after an embarrassing nude photo of him and some graphic sexual text messages were unexpectedly leaked on Twitter. An anonymous user shockingly posted the censored photo, which shows Barton’s face but covers his penis. “I want u soo bad right now. Deep and hard,” one of the text messages that appeared to be from Barton read. Many are wondering if the user was a former sexual partner of Barton’s or just someone who got a hold of the content, but nothing has been confirmed. The raunchy posts caused quite a stir in the political world and some are even wondering if Barton could lose his position over the controversy! Barton, however, claims the photo and messages were sent in recent years during the time he and his second wife were separated (they are now divorced) and he has no plans to resign. He admitted being involved in a series of sexual relationship prior to his divorce and apologized for not using better judgment during those days. Barton’s nude photo leak comes at a time when other political figures, including senatorial candidate Roy Moore and Senator Al Franken are also embroiled in sex scandals. Here’s 5 things to know about Barton:
1.) Barton has a big family and married his second wife Terri in 2004. The former couple got divorced in 2015. He was married to his first wife, Janet Sue Winslow from 1970 until 2003 and has four children and five grandchildren.
2.) He has been involved in politics since 1981. He started out as a White House Fellow and served under the United States Secretary of Energy James B. Edwards before he was elected to the United States Congress in 1984. He is currently the longest serving Congressman from the state of Texas.
3.) He suffered a heart attack in 2005. He was taken to George Washington University Hospital and had to have three stents inserted to help with blocked arteries. Soon after, he in stable condition and recovered before going back to his position.
4.) He admitted to being a video game player after a congressional hearing on video games. The Congressman said he often played Civilization IV and enjoyed playing games whenever he could.
5.) He established a foundation in 2005 that supports charities within his district. The Barton Family Foundation is supported with major contributions from some big energy corporations such as the Exelon Corporation. The corporation has donated $80, 000 to Barton’s campaign funds and the only recorded donation the foundation has given in its seven year history is a $90, 000 donation to the Boys and Girls Club.
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