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Joe Barton’s Suggestive Messages to Arlington Woman Are Indefensible

He might have survived last week’s naked selfie scandal, but this most certainly spells the end.

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Joe Barton at a Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., on March 7, 2012.
Photograph by Kris Connor/Getty

It’s only been a few days since Joe Barton’s nude selfies surfaced on the internet, and at that point, we were discussing his savvy public relations pivot that might just save his political career. “As salacious as a naked photo of a congressman might be, victimhood goes a long way toward earning forgiveness from voters,” I wrote last Friday. Well, as of today, stick a fork into Barton, because he’s done.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported this afternoon that Barton sent several inappropriate messages to Arlington Republican activist Kelly Canon through Facebook. For years, she told the paper, she had discussed politics with Barton on Facebook, but in 2012 and 2013, he made several inappropriate suggestions to her. Canon shared copies with the newspaper, including the following exchanges:

Barton: “wanna tell me what u r wearing or not wearing tonight miss sweet dreams.”

Canon: “LOL! I’m still in my ‘regular’ clothes! Haven’t called it a night yet!!”

And on a separate occasion:

Barton: “so..that means u r wearing a tank top only..and no panties? Right now?”

Canon: “Ok that’s enough. You know my attire! Good night…”

Barton: “answer me miss evasive and then you can aske me if u wish”

Barton was married at the time of the exchange. Canon told the newspaper that she never had a sexual relationship with Barton. She decided to go public, she said, after Barton told the Tarrant County Republican Executive Committee that he was polling his district to see if he could win re-election. “I did two days of soul searching,” she told the Star-Telegram. “He actually thinks he can win” re-election. “I thought maybe if I come forward maybe others will come forward too … Someone has to step up. This is a pattern.”

Barton confirmed the text messages for the Star-Telegram, but refused to comment further. So far, our email to his press secretary has not received a response.

On Monday, the Tarrant County GOP leadership had urged Barton to drop his re-election plans. Today, state Senator Konni Burton, whose district overlaps with Barton’s congressional district, urged him to drop out:

“We must hold public officials to a high standard and recent publicized incidents demonstrate those standards were not met. With only weeks left for primary filing, I am asking Joe Barton not to seek re-election so that Tarrant County can move forward in making sure we send a strong conservative to Congress from District 6. Many have discussed Tarrant County Tax Assessor Collector Ron Wright stepping up to run for this position in the event Congressman Barton does not seek reelection. Ron is a man of great character and integrity and I want to make it clear that I am one hundred percent behind him if he decides to do so.”

Barton, 68, has represented the Texas 6th Congressional District since 1985. His resignation would prompt a special election, which might conflict with a Republican primary to pick a nominee to replace him. J.K. “Jake” Ellzey of Midlothian already has filed in the Republican primary against Barton. Democrat Ruby Faye Woolridge of Arlington also has filed, but the district is so tilted toward Republicans that she is a long-shot candidate.

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  • WUSRPH

    The Fifth Rule of Politics:

    Never put anything on paper, on a e-mail, a post or other electronic media that you would not want to see on the first page of the Dallas Morning News or, in this case, the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.

    Hubris brings down another one.

    • SpiritofPearl

      So did stupidity.

      • WUSRPH

        I doubt it is stupidity. Most of these are fairly smart men…They would not have gotten where they are otherwise (with the possible exception of Ken Paxton)…..I think it is really Hubris in its worst form….that develops when some men (and women) are placed in positions of power and influence where people keep telling them they are great and important…….To some that becomes an intoxicant and they believe they can do anything. The best example is Trump and what he said yesterday:

        “Hey, look, I’m president,” Trump said. “I don’t care. I don’t care anymore

        • SpiritofPearl

          You call it “hubris.” I call it “stupidity.”

          • Don Baker

            Stupidity is something that you are an unequaled expert at.

    • anonyfool

      It would be hard to be worse than Lamar “I don’t believe in science unless it agrees with the bible” Smith chair of the science committee. The fact that he got re elected so many times means the voters agree with him – why shouldn’t the voters get what they want even if they are idiots.

      • WUSRPH

        Don’t be so sure about that. Ken Mercer, former legislator and now a member of the SBOE, is worse that Smith and he might run.

  • WUSRPH
  • anonyfool

    I predict if he just sticks it out like Roy Moore or Trump, he’ll win. People vote on party lines like robots. This is only adultery.

    • SpiritofPearl

      It was an IQ test. He failed. Let’s see if his constituents are smarter than he is.

      • anonyfool

        I remember when Ann Richards lost to George W Bush, I was kind of shocked because the baseness of the Bush appeal to religion and the ignorance he displayed in the debates was so obvious but that’s was Texans want. You are overestimating the median Texas voter.

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    • henrycat

      But isn’t just “sticking it out” harassment ??? Must depend on the venue……… heh

  • Sam Jacinto

    Smoky Joe breathed too many fumes

    • anonyfool

      I blocked that user, the comments here are so much more civilized now, try it! 🙂

      • Certainly worked that way when I made JBB disappear!

  • John Bernard Books

    Itsnot like they found a dead intern or nothing….
    “The president was referring to Lori Klausutis, a 28-year-old office staffer who worked for Scarborough while he was in Congress and was found dead in his district office in July 2001.”
    http://thehill.com/homenews/news/362326-scarboroughs-brother-i-supported-trump-all-along-but-he-just-crossed-the-line

    dems say “it was just an intern”…..

  • John Bernard Books

    Are you a threat to the left…..
    “This is the core threat to our democracy. The rural minority — the people @JYSexton just wrote a long thread about — have and will continue to have disproportionate power over the urban majority,” Reid wrote.”
    https://conservativetribune.com/msnbc-rural-americans-threat/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=lynx&utm_campaign=can&utm_content=2017-11-30

    After having fled the corruption of a dem ran city I am now the rural minority……dems are cra cra…..

  • dave in texas

    What makes anyone think GOP voters are going to hold Barton accountable? Polls in Alabama have put Roy Moore back in the lead for the Senate seat, and he’s been repeatedly and credibly accused of being a pedophile, fer cryin’ out loud, while Barton’s only shown himself to be kind of a skeevy jerk. For every GOP voter who recoils at what Barton and Moore have done, there are two who are only interested in tribalism.

    • anonyfool

      I think the percentage skew is more like 1 GOP voter cares and 32 will say they are on the fence in interviews but vote GOP no matter what and the other 67 will have to have Barton resign before they consider voting for someone else. It’s no different from the Trump voters we see in interviews today – the vast majority are happy with what they got and blame the media and Democrats for the federal government not getting a lot done on the Trump agenda.

      • Don Baker

        The democrat party represents such an evil threat to this country it is impossible to vote for them

    • BCinBCS

      Speaking of Roy Moore in Alabama, Dave:

      Moore and his supporters have offered many reasons for his actions, from claiming that there is nothing wrong with a 30 year old going out with a 15 year old, to saying that none of this ever happened. Moore’s latest defense is claiming that the accusations against him are examples of end-times prophecy. He quoted from the book of Timothy:
      (emphasis is mine)

      In the last days, perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection . . . trucebreakers, false accusers.”

      Now that’s hubris – to think that you are so important that your candidacy is part of the second coming of Jesus Christ.

      • SpiritofPearl

        I recall David Koresh used a biblical justification for abusing young girls.

    • Don Baker

      Roy Moore is a victim of bogus lying charges designed to derail his campaign. I believe nothing I read in our lying propaganda fake news media, and I absolutely believe nothing coming out of the mouth of democrats.

      • BCinBCS

        Do you believe that Bill Clinton, John Conyers, Anthony Weiner, Al Franken, Charlie Rose, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer sexually abused women?

    • todaysblog

      hint : The greatest counterfeiters the world has ever seen! I hope that answers your question.

  • Eye Dislikefbook

    remember when the republican party was all about “character”? this is what a failed party looks like.

  • WUSRPH

    Barton is GONR. Let us just hope the GOP does not pick someone worse.

  • WUSRPH

    For JJ and others like him who believe that people are living high on he hog on welfare (his fixation is young black males), this article from the Texas Tribune might provide a little reality:

    http://tinyurl.com/ybmbqmpz

    • anonyfool

      What’s really ignorant of people who make that claim, it was true while I was a high school student in Texas in the 80’s because I remember our conservative civics teacher bragging about how little Texas spends on entitlements for the poor. Even though as the article points out Texas has managed to decrease spending a lot thanks to the 1996 federal budget. I read this in the Guardian, didn’t realize it was from the Tribune (though it’s obvious on the byline in the Guardian the reporter is from the Tribune).

  • henrycat

    Only one answer to all of this nonsense. Continue to drain that swamp and more importantly, institute term limits….. Now while we are at it, name the Congressmen involved in the $17,000.000.00 tax-payer funded payouts in the past years.

  • WUSRPH

    I have noticed a tendency in recent days for me to take shots at JJ…..It is just so easy that I could not resist it….All you have to do is quote him on everything from American Muslims to young blacks to foreign trade, higher education, political fantasies (his) and dozens of other subjects…..but that is not a behavior I find pleasing…So I’m going to lay off him for at least awhile….and let him dig his own holes…..He has been a little more reluctant to go way out there since he came back under his new identify….but he will always be JJ.

    • José

      Now you can do something more challenging, like take your shotgun over to the barrel and bag some fish.

      • WUSRPH

        I must admit, however, that I will miss seeing some of his better ones……it is still hard to do worse than his periodic rants about the drug and sex habits of young black males……

  • Sky Mirror

    Barton withdraws. http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article187307073.html

    I guess he finally figured out that his chances at reelection were as dead as a Norwegian Blue parrot.

    • BCinBCS

      Sky, I had one of those birds but the cat ate it.

  • WUSRPH

    Did you see where Trump is apparently speculating on whether a full shutdown of the federal government might be “good for him” politically……devastating to the country, of course, but why would he care about that when what really counts is “Only I” himself.

    • BCinBCS

      W, I have to disagree. There is more to it than just “Only I”. Remember, the raison d’être of the Republican party is to shrink government until it is so small that it can be drowned in a bathtub. Comrade Trump is simply taking his narcissism and the party line to its logical illogical conclusion.

      • SpiritofPearl

        Let’s drown the Republican Party in the bathtub.

  • WUSRPH

    According to The Blast it looks like Andrew White, son of Gov. Mark White, is going to get into the governor’s race. He has set an announcement for Dec. 7 at a school named after his father. I would hate to see what happened in 1996 happen again when an unknown Hispanic, Victor Morales, won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate over three top class Anglo candidates, two congressmen and a former high court judge……White may be facing Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez who, by being Hispanic and a woman, appeals to a large part of the Democratic electorate….plus White may be a little right of center on subjects for Democratic Primary voters who tend to be a little farther to the left than the November Democrats just like GOP primary voters tend more to the radical right than November Republicans.

  • SpiritofPearl

    Your “statistic” was taken out of context. As I recall you said something about “drug and alcohol fueled couplings” wrt to the number of our-of-wedlock births in the black community. That statement wasn’t drawn from an unnamed “govt. document.”

    • SeeItMyWay

      No, that was my opinion based on the statistics from the 2012 report, and the substance abuse, incarceration, prostitution, and poverty levels in the African American community as outlined in other pieces I read. There are more than a few. That is what we do here, right? Share opinions?

      • SpiritofPearl

        Opinions are like, um, noses. Everybody has one. Evidence has value. Opinions do not.

        • SeeItMyWay

          That does not keep virtually everyone here from offering them up…including you. What’s your point? Sharing a link to an opinion supporting you own opinion does not make it fact. You seem to have a tough time understand this fact. So does Professor Pedant.

          • SpiritofPearl

            Who cares about opinions? I want facts. If you want R-E-S-P-E-C-T, ya gotta have ‘em.

          • SeeItMyWay

            And where are yours? Where are they? You don’t state facts most of the time, you just post links to another’s opinion to bolster your own.

          • SpiritofPearl

            If you cannot read an article, you are uneducable.

            The”drug and alcohol fueled couplings” comment was straight out of InfoWars or some other racist website. How about white and brown teenaged pregnancies? Don’t you think those are also fueled by drugs and alcohol? When you make an unsubstantiated statement like that, expect to be challenged.

        • WUSRPH

          It is not his opinion that makes this one of his all-time worsts. It is unmatched ability to take one fact that he stumbled across—in this case that more black children live in one parent homes—which he takes totally out of its historical and sociological context, throw in some anecdotes and racial myths, apply his putrid imagination and come up with a moral condemnation of American African-Americans and a feverish image of young black males high on drubs and booze spreading their sperm everywhere while living on welfare.. All the time proclaiming the old “some of my best friends” line….

          • SeeItMyWay

            This is how it works…I state an opinion and then you post yours. Moral indignation coming from you, however, is a real joke. How many years did you accept taxpayer funded checks while spinning yarns in a cesspool for a drunk womanizer who makes Barton look like an alter boy?

  • Ed Hino

    whats the name of the heavymetal song of the 1960s road to destruction we are on the road to ruin with a gopb dominated house and senate reversing the George w bush 2007-8 great depression recession stockmarket crast of 2007-8 ,like a back to the future movie ,last night mitch kkkknel passed the tax scam in dc and added 1.79trillion dollars to the debt of 20trillion 300n billion??? me how can arepublcian call them selves conservative and vote for treump and bartonray moore alls exual rpedators ands tillkeep astraight face aint nothing Christian stealing fromt he poor to give to the rich

  • Ed Hino

    don’t hide your daughters when trump ray moore and over trump he is aborn aginback slider
    batist

    • Don Baker

      What an interesting piece of incoherent garbage.

  • SpiritofPearl

    No reputable data to support your statement . . . just your “opinion.”

    I have no respect for this kind of sloppy thinking.

    • WUSRPH

      Since JJ has such an outstanding ability to take a single fact (or, in his case, more often a “factoid” rather than a fact) and, after running it thru his putrid imagination, come up with a moral condemnation of a whole race…..I wonder what he’d do with this fact:

      In 2014 (last year with full figures):

      39% of those having abortions were White
      28% were Black
      25% were Hispanic
      6% were Asian-Pacific Islanders
      3% were Other

      Since, according to him, single family parentages make Blacks more immoral than Whites, what dos this tell us about the relative moral standing of the races?

      • SeeItMyWay

        Well, the first thing I would say is that, according to the 2015 U.S. Census, 73.6% of the population is white, and 12.6% is black, so with 12.6% of blacks accounting for almost 1/3 of all abortions, I’d say that there are big problems in the black community. The percentages are way out of proportion…just like they are for illegitimate births, gun violence and incarcerations.

      • SpiritofPearl

        Let’s not use abortion as a marker for out-of-wedlock births . . . no correlation.

        • WUSRPH

          Of course there isn’t….but I suspect that JU would love to say that there is when it comes to Black women.

          • SpiritofPearl

            Don’t make the same mistakes he does . . .

  • WUSRPH

    Will a girl’s lies be a lifelong habit?

    A parent catches a kindergartner in some minor fibs and worries what they could lead to. (Washington Post)

    The presidency of the United States?

  • SpiritofPearl

    Now you’re citing. That’s a good first step. Unfortunately you haven’t connected the dots. You seem to have started with the false hypothesis that blacks are inherently bad, then work backwards. You then leap to unwed mothers by race and prison population. How do you connect those two outcomes in your own mind? Why are there more unwed black mothers? Why is there a higher incarceration rate for African Americans?

    You’re the guy, if I remember correctly, who thought that black folks should just “get over it” because the civil rights movement was in the sixties and it was time.

    Never heard of the “Prison Policy Journal” and I’m married to a criminlogist. More to learned . . .

    • WUSRPH

      You know it is kind of funny that on most subjects JJ is the ultimate “relativist” with his declarations that there is no truth, that everything is an opinion and all opinions are biased….BUT when it comes to race he suddenly gets very deterministic.

      • SeeItMyWay

        And conversely, you seem to believe everything the Gov reports. Believe these numbers or are you disputing them just because I posted them.

        My Doubting Thomas attitude is primarily directed toward what columnists and economists publish…and the pollsters you tout.

  • WUSRPH

    https://www.guttmacher.org/report/characteristics-us-abortion-patients-2014

    But the important point is that these numbers are totally useless for any analysis.. All they tell you is that more White women had abortions than Blacks….and nothing more than that..

    I have not seen any response by JJ but I was testing whether he could figure that out using his limited analytical skills (or a quick google search).

    Any analysis would have to go beyond the raw numbers or percentages to look at the likelihood of a White or a Black having an abortion. To do that you might, for example, determine the percentage of White, Black and other women who had abortions. Such a study:

    https://www.guttmacher.org/infographic/2017/abortion-rates-race-and-ethnicity

    in fact, shows that White women are the LEAST likely to have an abortion…..Using the scale of so many per thousand of women between the ages of 18 and 44 it found that:
    27.1 Black women per 1000 have had an abortion compared to 18.1 Hispanic women, 16.3 Other and 10 per 1000 White.

    Of course, none of these figures explain “Why”. They only look at the “What”.

    • SpiritofPearl

      White women are more likely to have better incomes than women of color . . . and are more likely to be married.

      • Don Baker

        They are also more likely to be intelligent, not have litter after litter out of wedlock, and not be social parasites with an undeserved sense of entitlement.

  • WUSRPH

    An interesting article from the NYT about how the developers of that GOP paradise The Woodlands “gerrymandered” lots by adding an inch or two of soil to take them out of the floodplain and then sold them as being safe from flooding…..but guess what?

    https://tinyurl.com/y8ak7kt9

  • SpiritofPearl

    We should be putting money into PREVENTATIVE measures that are proven to work: free or low-cost birth control with age-appropriate sex education in schools. Instead we have “abstinence only” silliness. Too much moralizing and not enough reality . . . Calvinism on steroids. Remember: it was the Rev. Dimmesdale who seduced Hester Prynne, then excoriated her from the pulpit.

    • SeeItMyWay

      You mention Calvinism often, and never in laudatory terms. Lutheran Calvinism? Presbyterian?
      What about Calvinism sticks in your craw?

      • SpiritofPearl

        Calvinism reflects a dark view of humanity: we are all wicked and only a few of the “elect” will be saved. The elect will be known because they are rich. The poor by analogy are damned. Calvinists also believed in predestination. The Puritans who first settled America were Calvinists and that grim world view has influenced our society.

        Read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvinism

        • SeeItMyWay

          I read it. All Christians don’t believe In predestination. Still not sure what Calvinism is doing in this conversation.

          • SpiritofPearl

            I didn’t say all Christians believe in Calvinism, but it influences our politics and laws in ways it doesn’t in other developed Christian countries.

          • SpiritofPearl

            This conversation addressed your view re: “drug and alcohol fueled couplings” of black adolecents.

            Many believe – and have proven – that providing free contraceptives and age-appropriate sex education almost entirely eliminates unwanted teen pregnancies. Religious fanatics object and so it goes. Calvinism is a significant influence of conservative religious belief in the U.S.

  • Jay Trainor

    Why hasn’t Paul Ryan already shown Joe the door?

  • WUSRPH

    Two brief items:
    * Is anyone other than me just a little disgusted at the fact that former State Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer is running (again) for his old seat in the Texas House? He had a full career in the House and has lost two races for the State Senate since then…..In my view, he has had his run…..but apparently he believes that public life cannot survive without him. I hope he loses.

    *The Troll may get his dream of a new state representative since the court of appeals has rejected State Rep. Ron Reynolds’ appeal of his conviction for ambulance chasing. He has enough other chances for an appeal to probably drag it out until after the March primaries, but I doubt he can keep the proceedings going until the next legislative session. I only hope that his successor is one that the Troll will hate almost as much as he hated Reynolds.

  • Don Baker

    I suspect you had not one word to say about rapist Bill Clinton

  • John Bernard Books

    Dec 4th is a huge day for dems Boss Tweed escapes from prison….

  • John Bernard Books