Rep. Joe Barton Says He Won't Seek Re-Election In 2018

Evan Vucci  AP U.S. Rep. Joe Barton R-Texas is shown

Evan Vucci AP U.S. Rep. Joe Barton R-Texas is shown

A powerful Appropriations subcommittee chairman who has served with Barton since 2003, Carter said he had "visited" with his Texas colleague this week to discuss the matter.

In a statement released Thursday he wrote "now it is time to step aside and let there be a new voice".

Barton's decision comes after a sexually explicit image of the lawmaker appeared online last week and a report that he had sent sexually suggestive messages to a Republican activist while still married to his second wife.

"I am announcing today that I will not seek reelection in 2018", he said.

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He told the newspaper he believed he could win reelection but that he didn't want to put his family through the ordeal of what he believed would be "a nasty campaign".

To date, none of the women accuse Barton of sexual harassment or an abuse of power. "I don't know her whole story but I know he's done it to other women", she said. "Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended". "I am sorry that I let my constituents down", he said in a statement Wednesday.

Another woman has come forward with allegations she had an affair with embattled Congressman Joe Barton.

"Since Mr. Barton's highly publicized issues have come to light", O'Hare said, "I have talked to numerous Republican activists, leaders, voters and elected officials about this situation ― not a single one of them thinks he should run again". The identity of the person who posted the image on Twitter is unknown, but Barton confirmed that the photo was authentic and apologized for a lack of judgment. Barton told the Dallas Morning News he would vote for it.

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Republican manager Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, holds the trophy that was given to him to place in the office Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., by Democratic manager Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., after the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Washington.

The woman contacted the Washington Post following Barton's threat to go to police.

Rep. Joe Barton questions witnesses during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing concerning federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis, October 25, 2017 in Washington.

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