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Rep. Nude Selfie (R-TX) Threatened Woman Over Photos

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Rep. Nude Selfie (R-TX) Threatened Woman Over Photos


Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Washington Post report reveals that Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) threatened a woman who possessed his illicit nude photos by saying he would report her to the Capitol police if she told others about their interaction.

Barton reportedly became upset when he discovered the woman—with whom he was having an affair—was in contact with other women who had relationships with him and had apparently shared explicit materials he’d sent her.

The Post obtained a recorded conversation between Barton and the woman, in which he says, “I want your word that this ends.”

“I will be completely straight with you,” he continued. “I am ready if I have to, I don’t want to, but I should take all this crap to the Capitol Hill Police and have them launch an investigation. And if I do that, that hurts me potentially big-time.”

When the woman asked him to explain what he meant by the threat, he said:

“I would tell them that I had a three-year undercover relationship with you over the Internet that was heavily sexual and that I had met you twice while married and had sex with you on two different occasions and that I exchanged inappropriate photographs and videos with you that I wouldn’t like to be seen made public, that you still apparently had all of those and were in position to use them in a way that would negatively affect my career.”

In Barton’s version of events, it was the woman who threatened to share embarrassing photos after he’d ended their relationship.

“When I ended that relationship, she threatened to publicly share my private photographs and intimate correspondence in retaliation,” he said. “As the transcript reflects, I offered to take the matter to the Capitol Hill Police to open an investigation. Today, the Capitol Police reached out to me and offered to launch an investigation and I have accepted. Because of the pending investigation, we will have no further comment.”

There is a chance the posted photo violates a Texas revenge porn law, but the identity of the uploader is not yet publicly known. The woman Barton threatened told the Postshe had never had any intentions of sharing the materials she’d received from Barton.

Chris Sosa is a managing editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.
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  1. Dominick Vila November 24, 2017

    It is readily apparent by now that issues such as marital infidelity, promiscuity, sexual predatory acts, and even pedophile, are the norm in a country that pretends to be a bastion of religious values, puritanism, champions of equality, and a society that enthusiastically embraces the rule of law. The sad truth is that our moral values have declined to the point of being conspicuous by their absence, and that our righteous indignation when issues such as this, which go well beyond political affiliation, is nothing more than a facade to hide behavior not too dissimilar to the moral decadence that prevailed during the decline of former empires. We don’t have a Republican or Democratic problem, we have cultural problems that must be addressed and corrected before they destroy what is left of our moral compass.

  2. FireBaron November 24, 2017

    So, lemme get this straight. He has an illicit affair with her and shares nude selfies. She shares the nude selfies with other women he had been cheating on his wife with. And he is threatening her for releasing them because they could damage him politically? Right! Like he hasn’t already damaged his marriage multiple times.
    Yep. Typical Republican Family Values. “Duo as I preach, not as you keep catching me!” Like the Pro-Birth GOP Candidate (Pro-Birth because none of them gives a damn what happens to a kid after it’s born) who demanded his mistress get an abortion so his wife wouldn’t find out. Or the Family Values Republican who plead guilty to soliciting sex from a teenage boy. Or the two married GOP State Legislators who had an ongoing affair with each other behind their respective spouses backs.
    The hypocrisy just keeps writing itself!

  3. dtgraham November 24, 2017

    I think this will warm the hearts of a lot of expectant mothers that Joe Barton still felt attractive enough to take nude photos of himself during the latter stages of his pregnancy.

    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 24, 2017

      Hoo boy!!! That is frightening. I need an antacid.

      1. dtgraham November 25, 2017

        That’s a visual imagery that you’ll need the jaws of life to extract from your brain. Even then, for some…I’m not sure if there’s enough voltage on earth to electroshock them back into coherence.

  4. Alexander De Large November 24, 2017

    After riling up the deplorable trumpturds & evangelical femdom caucus rethuglikans for the last 4 months over on pjmedia, the crybaby trollers over there finally banned me when commenting about Bartons self weenie. All I said was that Barton makes Anthony Weiner look like a respectable chap…and…

    But getting banned on the right wing bubble of pjmedia is most certainly a badge of honor

    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 24, 2017

      Wonderful visual—-a picture is indeed worth a thousand words.

  5. stsintl November 24, 2017

    Takeover of our government by the US Mafia is pretty much complete now with habitual sex offenders lined up from Oval Office to the Chambers of US Congress. From blackmails to death threats are now the modus operandi.
    Do we still stay “God Bless America”?

    1. dtgraham November 25, 2017

      Oh sure. Only if sung to this tune though.


  6. dannyR November 24, 2017

    That headline opening just kills.

  7. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 24, 2017

    The GOP is streaking nude across the good old US of A, in their quest to Make America Great Again. Well, this is what Trump’s voters wanted, and here it is. What a depressing cavalcade put on by the Party of Family Values.

    Good Lord—Who’s next?? Trump and Trump Jr. out on the town, along with the Koch boys, Paul, Mitch , and Steve Bannon??

    One day these guys and gals will soon realize that their arms were too small to box with God—on Broadway or any other venue.

  8. johninPCFL November 25, 2017

    Yet another GOP “Family Values” hypocrite eats it. I hope his ex-wife takes him to the cleaners.


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