Barton Challenger Steps Forward

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, questions David Friedman, the acting head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during his testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. The committee is looking for answers from Friedman about safety defects and mishandled recall of 2.6 million small cars with a faulty ignition switch that's been linked to 13 deaths and dozen of crashes. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Texas Congressman Joe Barton has drawn a Republican primary challenger a week after a nude photo of him circulated on social media.

Jake Ellzey is a retired Naval combat pilot and member of the Texas Veterans Commission. He filed paperwork Tuesday with the Republican Party of Texas.

The 68-year-old Barton is Texas’ most-senior congressman. He announced his re-election campaign last month but then an explicit picture of him appeared on an anonymous Twitter account last week.

The Washington Post has reported that Barton told a woman that he would complain to U.S. Capitol Police if explicit photographs of him and other material from their relationship were made public.

A Texas “revenge porn” law prohibits posting sexual explicit pictures or videos of someone without his or her permission.

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