May 21, 2018

Texas GOP Congressman Resigns Suddenly Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

07 April 2018, 09:49 | Rufus Hill

US Rep. Farenthold announces resignation following sexual harassment claim

GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas resigns abruptly

National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee (NRCC) Chairman Rep. Steve Stivers of OH called on Farenthold to uphold his promise to reimburse taxpayers for the settlement.

The House Ethics Committee also opened a subcommittee investigation into Ms. Greene's allegations.

Farenthold had already announced he wouldn't seek re-election and had pledged to pay back the $84,000 he used to settle the claim, but he had hedged on that promise as of late, according to CNN.

A former aide has said Farenthold subjected her to sexually suggestive comments and behavior and then fired her after she complained.

The settlement went to a former female staffer who sued Farenthold in 2014 over sexual harassment and gender discrimination. Farenthold used $84,000 in taxpayer funds to settle the lawsuit.

While Texas law allows the governor to call an emergency election to fill a vacant congressional seat, a Republican official familiar with the circumstances surrounding Farenthold's resignation said that no election will be held to fill the seat before November.

A businessman and self-described radio sidekick who was new to politics, Farenthold upset long-serving Democratic U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz during the tea party wave of 2010.

Farenthold's resignation brings that investigation to an immediate end.

Farenthold, a Corpus Christi Republican who swept into office under the national Tea Party movement in 2010, came under fire previous year following revelations that he used $84,000 in taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment claims.

Bech Brunn, a former Texas Water Board Development chairman, and Michael Cloud, former GOP chairman for Victoria, will face off for the Republican nomination in the May 22 run-off election. "It's been an honor and a privilege to serve the constituents of the 27th district of Texas", he added.

In Friday's video, Farenthold thanked his staff for its hard work and his family for its support while saying: "Leaving my service in the House, I'm able to look back on the entirety of my career in public service and say it was well worthwhile".

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