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He talked panties and politics: Woman shares Facebook messages from Joe Barton

Anna M. Tinsley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Political News

FORT WORTH, Texas -- An Arlington, Texas, woman has shared a series of private messages -- some with sexual overtones -- she exchanged with U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, a week after he apologized for texting a nude photo of himself to another woman.

The messages, which were obtained by the Star-Telegram on Wednesday, included a mix of politics and questions about whether she was "wearing a tank top only ... and no panties."

Barton and the woman exchanged the Facebook messages in 2012 and 2013 while Barton was still married to his second wife, Terri.

The woman involved in the exchange, Kelly Canon, said she and Barton had been exchanging messages on Facebook Messenger for several years, mostly discussing politics.

"He took it a step too far on rare occasions," said Canon, who is active in the Republican Party. "He was very fascinated with my attire, to the point of being inappropriate."

Barton, a 68-year-old Republican from Ennis, on Wednesday confirmed to the Star-Telegram that the message exchange took place.

 

"I will affirm I did have that exchange, but nothing more," Barton said in a text message.

His consultant said he apologized to Canon.

Canon said Barton did not apologize to her about the Facebook messages, nor did she ask for an apology.

Canon shared a collection of messages, including Barton's question about her wearing panties after midnight on June 13, 2012, followed by him asking, "right now?"

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