Congressman Joe Barton is facing more scrutiny after a woman shared a series of sexually suggestive messages she received from the Texas lawmaker, who was married at the time of their correspondence.
Barton, who was forced to apologize last week for texting a nude photo of himself to another woman, confirmed on Wednesday to the Star-Telegram that the exchange with the woman, Kelly Canon, happened.
The messages included a blend of politics and questions about whether Canon was ‘wearing a tank top only … and no panties.’ In another message, he told Canon that she was ‘soft and curvy.’
The Congressman first started messaging Canon on Facebook in 2012 and 2013 while he was married to his second wife, Terri.
Canon, who is a Republican, told the Star-Telegram that for several years she had exchanged messages with 68-year-old Barton that mostly discussed politics.
‘He took it a step too far on rare occasions,’ Canon, who lives in Arlington, said.
‘He was very fascinated with my attire, to the point of being inappropriate.’
The woman shared a number of messages including when the Congressman questioned her on June 13, 2012 where he asked about her wearing panties after midnight.
She responded: ‘Ok, thats enough. You know my attire! Good night ….’
Barton responded: ‘answer me miss evasive.’
Then, at 11.40pm on June 18, 2012, the Republican lawmaker sent a message: ‘wanna tell me what u r wearing or not wearing tonight miss sweet dreams.’
She responded that she was ‘still in my ‘regular’ clothes!’ ‘
During an exchange on October 2,2013, Barton sent her a message that said ‘men are men … and u r definitely a sexy woman.’
Canon responded that ‘all the good ones are married,’ to which Barton replied: ‘I dont know about good … but I am married.’
She then said: ‘Well, that means you’re one of the ‘good’ ones, then!’
He simply wrote: ‘Thank u.’
‘Just calling ’em as I see ’em!’ Canon replied.
Barton added: ‘but … I am not thinking good thoughts at this moment … blush.’
Canon shared that she and Barton never had a physical relationship and that she ‘never considered that’.
But the woman did say she believes it’s ‘inappropriate for a congressman to be talking to a constituent like that. … He wouldn’t say that if I was a guy.’
In confirming to the Star-Telegram that the exchange with Canon did happen, Barton said: ‘I will affirm I did have that exchange, but nothing more.’
Canon claims that Barton did not offer an apology for the messages, but a consultant for the politician said that he did apologize.
Last week Barton said he was in a ‘consensual’ sexual relationship when he sent a nude photo of himself that was leaked and forced him to apologize for not using ‘better judgment’.