Republican Congressman Apologizes After A Picture Of His Junk Surfaces Online

Hannah Bleau

Well, this is gross.

Republican Congressman Joe Barton has issued an awkward apology. Somehow, a picture of his junk made in on the internet.

Barton, who announced his re-election bid earlier this month, is navigating in a political environment charged with emerging stories of sexual misbehavior in politics, in business and in the media. The photo, which appeared on an anonymous Twitter account, set off speculation within Texas GOP circles about his political future.

In a phone interview with The Texas Tribune on Tuesday, Barton said he was deliberating that.

“You’re as aware of what was posted as I am,” he said. “I am talking to a number of people, all of whom I have faith in and am deciding how to respond, quite frankly.”

A spokeswoman for Barton said Wednesday that he had no plans to resign and had filed for re-election.

But he wants everyone to know that his sexual relationships were consensual. And they were all of age, OK?!

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

For the record, I didn’t look at the uncensored pic. No thanks. I won’t subject you to that either.

These guys are gross.