So! A Texas constable says his 2012 election opponent, who just so happens to be a police chief, sent porn pictures to his government-issued cellular ConstablePhone—not to brighten his workday, but to sully his reputation. But maybe it's all just a misunderstanding?

In an interview with KGBT-TV, Primera Police Chief Joe Rodriguez admits to texting the sexxxy pictures to the constable, Robert Lopez. The porn pix feature a blond transgender woman "flashing a sultry stare" and flashing "other things" as well:

Reporter: "Why did you send those pornographic images?"

Chief: "I explained to him [the constable, Robert Lopez] that it was accident."

Reporter: "So you did send the messages?"

Chief: "Accidentally."

The intended recipient wasn't the constable, Rodriguez asserts, but his cousin. They must be pretty close! At holidays, instead of gathering around the fireplace they gather around the cellphone. Instead of trading stockings full of socks and oranges they trade issues of dirty magazines. Strong family bonds are so important.

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For his part, Constable Lopez believes his rival wanted to embarrass him—"[b]ecause I have a county issued phone, anyone can ask for an open records request and see what's on my phone," he tells the Brownsville Herald—and plans to file charges against Rodriguez. It wouldn't be the first time porn caused problems for Primera's Top Cop: In 2007, a Texas school district sacked him for using school computers to look for porn. Which he did on behalf of his cousin, no doubt! But still, there are rules about such things. Please read the policies and procedures manual for additional information on this matter.

Let this serve as a teachable moment for all you political candidates that sending scandal-sexts to your opponent from your own phone might not be the most winning campaign strategy. Ask your cousin to do it for you.

[KGBT, Brownsville Herald, via Houston Press]