Miguel Angel Revilla -- the former president of the autonomous community of Cantabria and current leader of the Regionalist Party of Cantabria -- was spotted during a parliamentary session Monday reading a magazine that frequently features nude photos of celebrities, and was photographed looking at pictures of Brazilian transsexual Cristini Couto, TheLocal.es reported Wednesday.
Revilla later explained he had asked his secretary to pick up a copy of the magazine, Interviu, so he could read an article in the same issue about Miguel Blesa, former head of Caja Madrid bank.
"I did also notice the girl with the guitar," the politician joked during an interview with the "Anda Ya" program.
Revilla posted a more serious response on his Facebook page in a note titled "Nothing to Hide."
He blamed his opponents in the Popular Party for attempting to discredit him.
"I don't steal, I don't give jobs to my relatives, I've never handled a work contract with hidden interests in my 16 years in government," he wrote. "I've been subjected to three breathalyzer tests in the last year for no reason and I've had the book of my car searched. All for nothing. Maybe they'll speculate now about the naked lady in the magazine but my libidinous years are over.
"I've committed no crime. They can do what they like. I'm not going to shut up," Revilla wrote.