Farenthold says he won't repay $84K sexual harassment settlement

Elias Hubbard
May 15, 2018

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? Farenthold has told media sources that he has a new job lined up as a government lobbyist, which will reportedly net him a six-figure salary, but it seems he won't pay either expense.

Farenthold told a Corpus Christi, Texas talk radio station Monday that he's accepted a position as a "legislative liaison" at the Calhoun Port Authority, previously known as the Port of Port Lavaca-Point Comfort.

Farenthold said at the time that he would repay the money to cover the settlement to the federal government but so far has not paid it back.

"I'm a private citizen now, so I'm not commenting about my employment", he said.

As the House Ethics Committee was closing in on reaching a verdict for the investigation going against the former Congressman, he quietly quit last month.

"I will say this on the record: I have been advised by my attorneys not to repay that", Farenthold told ABC.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wanted Farenthold to foot the bill for a special election to replace him but Farenthold refused.

"In my opinion, as well as many other county officials I have heard from, a special election was not warranted and should not have been called", Farenthold wrote in a letter to Abbott dated May 2 and posted to Farenthold's old campaign site. "Since I didn't call it and don't think it's necessary, I shouldn't be asked to pay for it". "You're gonna have me listening and calling in a whole lot now".

Former Representative Blake Farenthold (C), Republican of Texas, stands alongside Republican lawmakers on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., December 20, 2017.

According to Caller Times, Farenthold's new job will land him $160,000 annually.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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