Rep Joe Barton (R-Texas) admitted that a bad image of him circulating online is authentic and he apologized to his constituents.
"While separated from my second wife, before the divorce, I had bad with other mature adult women," said Barton, 68 years, in a statement, reported by the Texas Tribune. "Each one was consensual. Those relationships are over. I'm sorry I did not have a better trial during those days. I regret having disappointed my constituents. "
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the veteran congressman, the ninth oldest member of the House, told the Tribune that he is considering his political future, after the g plans to seek the His re-election bid is sure to reverberate on the Capitol.
Barton, one of the most conservative members of the House, began his term in 1985 and has represented the suburbs of Dallas since then, Barton's statement came a few days after the Dallas Morning News published an optimistic profile under the headline "Why Rep. Joe Barton Stays Still While Another Texan Says Goodbye to Congress."
"I am the strange duck who did not give up, "he told the newspaper a few weeks after a handful of veteran Texas lawmakers announced their withdrawals. How much sense do I have? "
In a re-election announcement in early November, Barton said he hoped to continue working on the problems he has pursued throughout his career.
"There is still a lot of work to be done in Washington and I hope to continue with the 6th District torch," he said.
The uncertain future of Barton follows an exodus from Texas that began when the Republican representatives. Jeb Hensarling and Lamar Smith announced plans to come out at the end of their terms. Smith, like Barton, began his career in Congress in the 1980s, and Hensarling began serving in 2003. Representative Ted Poe, another Texas Republican who has been in Congress since 2005, also announced his retirement early. of this month.
Barton is one of only 10 remaining House Republicans who began his term in the 1980s, and he is the fifth-oldest Republican in general. He has previously been the president of the powerful Energy and Trade Committee and a conservative voice on energy policy. He is also a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
Over the years, Barton has infuriated critics with his skepticism about climate science and his coup in the Obama administration in 2010 for what he called a "shakeup" of oil giant BP after its mbadive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Texas legislator and two of his four children were also on the Republican baseball practice in Alexnadria, Virginia in June when a gunman opened fire, wounding Steve Scalise, leader of the House of Representatives, and sending dozens of legislators, advisers and friends who slip away for safety. Barton's son, Jack, 10, hid under a nearby van until the Capitol police pounced on the shooter, and then was protected by lawmakers and badistants in the first base dugout until the gunman was shot down. .
the district, one of the most reliably red in the country, is likely to remain in republican hands. Since 1984, Barton has never won less than 56 percent of the vote and has won more than 60 percent in 13 of his 17 elections.