US Rep. Farenthold announces resignation following sexual harassment claim

Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold resigns after sexual harassment suit settlement became public

Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold resigns after sexual harassment suit settlement became public

Despite the settlement, Farenthold was again in the spotlight past year when the #MeToo movement targeted celebrities and politicians who were accused of sexual harassment and improprieties but were not punished. Farenthold's resignation brings that probe to an immediate end. Greg Abbott saying his resignation would be effective 5 p.m. Friday.

Blake Farenthold resigned from Congress on Friday, capping months of controversy over sexual-harassment allegations by a former aide and ethical concerns over an $84,000 payment to settle the case with taxpayer funds.

" I expect Blake is true to his word also pays the84,000 of citizen income he utilized because an settlement", consultant Steve Stivers, " the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, stated at a statement.

In December, the House Ethics Committee said it would probe not only the allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation, but also whether Farenthold might have lied or omitted facts while giving testimony to the panel as well as whether he improperly used House resources to benefit his political campaign.

A former aide has said Farenthold subjected her to sexually suggestive comments and behavior and then fired her after she complained. After Michael Rekola, another of Farenthold's former communications directors, accused the Congressman of creating a hostile workplace, Farenthold announced he would not seek re-election in 2018 and walked back his claims that he would reimburse the country for the sexual harassment settlement. A Republican source familiar with the situation said it's unlikely a special election will be called. But after congressional sources said he'd paid the $84,000 settlement using taxpayer money, public focus intensified. "As I have said repeatedly, Congress must hold ourselves to a higher standard and regain the trust of the American people".

Currently, two Republicans are in a run-off race to replace him next year.

Farenthold was first elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010, defeating Democratic Rep. Solomon Ortiz.

It's been an honor and privilege to serve the constituents of Texas' 27th Congressional District.

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