GOP Rep. Barton announces retirement after more lewd messages surface



A Texas Republican congressman said Thursday he will not seek re-election to Congress after a nude photo and lewd text messages between him and multiple women surfaced.

"I am announcing today that I will not seek reelection in 2018,? Rep. Joe Barton said in a Thursday statement. To the people of the 6th District, thank you for your support and friendship."

Before the messages were made public, Barton had said he planned to run for an 18th term to the House.

But this week, another woman released online messages allegedly showing Barton steering the conversation toward sexual themes.

Kelly Canon, a Tea Party organizer in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, released a series of Facebook Messenger conversations with Barton from 2012 in which he asked things like if she was wearing panties.

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