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Rep. Farenthold resigns amid sexual harassment backlash

Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold resigns after sexual harassment suit settlement became public Rep. Blake Farenthold Resigns From Congress In Wake Of Scandal
Jan Cook | 08 April, 2018, 02:57

Congressman Blake Farenthold resigned from U.S. Congress Friday, sending a notice to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and a statement to the media.

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.

Farenthold's office did not respond to inquires about whether he had repaid the settlement money, but, in a statement, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, urged the outgoing representative to do so.

The Texas Republican had said in December that he would not run for re-election, after the House ethics committee launched an investigation of sexual harassment allegations against him.

It is unclear why the sudden resignation occurred. "When I've said, Congress must hold ourselves to a higher benchmark and recover the confidence of their American folks".

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The allegations against Farenthold first surfaced in 2014, when he was sued by his former communications director, Lauren Greene.

When Farenthold announced his retirement from Congress in December, it opened up his seat for a runoff battle between Republicans Bech Bruun and Michael Cloud in May. When she complained about the comments, she was sacked.

A choice in 2015 from any office of Congressional Ethics, a completely independent, non partisan board, stripped him of wrong doing, also he guaranteed to pay off the settlement. It accused Farenthold of repeatedly complimenting her appearance, then joking that he hoped the comments wouldn't be construed as sexual harassment.

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. "I might additionally wish to thank my household for his or her unwavering assist and most significantly the folks that elected me", Farenthold stated.

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