Woman reveals messages from Texas congressman in nude photo

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A conservative activist has released online messages she exchanged five years ago with Rep. Joe Barton in which he asked things like what kind of underwear she wore.

The release comes a week after the Texas Republican apologized for a nude photo of him that circulated on social media.

The Fort Worth Star Telegram obtained Facebook Messenger exchanges between Kelly Canon and Barton. They included Barton questioning Canon about wearing panties in June 2012.

Canon didn't immediately return phone messages from The Associated Press on Wednesday. Barton confirmed the 2012 messages to the Star Telegram but declined further comment.

Canon told the newspaper that Barton hasn't apologized for them and that she'd not asked him to.

Barton says he's seeking re-election. He's drawn a Republican challenger in the March primary.

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Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com

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