Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal K. Perkins issued the following statement:
“Serving in elected office is one of the highest honors bestowed on a citizen. Texans are right to believe that public servants (on both sides of the aisle) should be held to the highest moral and ethical standard. We’re thankful that Representative Barton chose to not seek re-election after reports of his deeply inappropriate actions and disturbing display of judgment.
“In every corner of this state, Texas Democrats are running for congressional office. As citizens, who represents us in elected office is one of the most important decision we can make. We’re proud to say that Texans of the 6th congressional district will have a real choice in both the Democratic Primary and the general election in 2018.”