Monday, 12 November, 2018

Blake Farenthold Won't Repay $84000 Sexual Harassment Settlement

Congressman who resigned after sex harassment settlement has new job Modal Trigger Blake Farenthold Getty Images
Steven Clarke | 16 May, 2018, 09:32

Farenthold abruptly quit Congress on April 6, as the House Ethics Committee investigated his using $84,000 in taxpayer funds to settle an ex-staffer's 2014 sexual harassment claim.

What happens to a Congressman who resigned in disgrace after it emerged he used taxpayers' money to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit from a former aide?

The port told the Caller-Times that Farenthold will work as its legislative liaison, helping to promote its agenda.

"I'm starting a new job today that has an hour-and-a-half commute", Farenthold said on 1360 KKTX-AM's "Lago in the Morning".

"Since I didn't call it and don't think it's necessary, I shouldn't be asked to pay for it", he wrote in a May 2 letter to the governor.

The former lawmaker has denied wrongdoing in the 2014 case, in which his former communications director accused him of making inappropriate comments created to gauge whether she was interested in a sexual relationship.

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Former Congressman Blake Farenthold has told reporters that he has no intention of repaying the settlement over the sexual harassment scandal that forced his resignation from Congress.

Blake Farenthold, former representative for Texas's 27th Congressional District, found himself in this peculiar position just a month ago, and he's finally found an answer to the pressing question.

Farenthold resigned from Congress in April but has since taken no steps to repay the highly scrutinized - albeit legal - taxpayer-funded settlement.

In December 2017, Farenthold promised to return the money but never did.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported Monday that Farenthold will be working with the Port of Port Lavaca-Point Comfort, where his annual salary will be $160,000.

He has pledged to pay back the $84,000, but has not yet done so. In other words, he's now a lobbyist to lawmakers like his former self.

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