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WASHINGTON — Ennis Rep. Joe Barton apologized Wednesday for a sexually explicit photo now circulating online, but he doesn’t plan to resign.
In a statement released to The Dallas Morning News, the longtime Republican lawmaker said the image — which first surfaced on social media earlier this week — was taken in recent years while separated from his former wife.
“While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women,” Barton, who is twice-divorced, said in the statement. “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.”
…and that’s when I clicked close, afraid that the picture itself might be out there somewhere. On a good day, Barton looks like undercooked pork, and I cannot go any farther than that in a family blog.
But at least he had the sense to stress that his, um, hetaera were adult women.
We are now at the point where Republicans need that disclaimer: “my extra-marital relationship was with an adult woman.”
Good to know.