Veteran Texas Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis), a former Energy & Commerce Committee chairman, has recently come under attack when a nude picture of the Congressman taken during a previous consensual relationship surfaced on Twitter. Yesterday, Jake Ellzey, a member of the Texas Veterans Commission, filed as a Republican candidate to challenge Mr. Barton and others are expected to follow. The Congressman appeared at a meeting of the Tarrant County Republican Party where reports suggested the consensus of attenders believe he should retire. The Congressman has filed for re-election but could withdraw before the December 11th candidate filing deadline. The 6th District is a safe Republican seat. Mr. Barton has represented the district since 1985 and ranks ninth on the House seniority chart.
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