Congressmen Joe Barton (R-Texas) apologizes for close-up of family jewels

The ninth-most senior member of the House, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), apologized today for a nude photo of himself that’s been making the rounds, while admitting it was authentic.

The Texas Tribune first reported Barton’s statement:

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

Although he reportedly told the Tribune that he is re-thinking his political career and bid to be reelected, a spokeswoman later told the Dallas Morning News that Barton, 68, has no intentions of backing down.

Barton’s peer, fellow-Texan and GOP House member Rep. Michael Burgess, had this to say:

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