Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold suddenly announced Friday that he will resign from Congress, after coming under fire last fall when it became known that he had spent $84,000 in taxpayer dollars to pay a sexual harassment claim from one of his staff members.

In his resignation statement, which he also recorded in a video, Farenthold made no apologies for using the taxpayer money, nor did he mention the allegations that ended his political career. Instead, he touted his successful congressional work and his Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

The Dallas News reported:

Farenthold was elected in 2010 as part of the nationwide tea party wave.

Apart from the lewd conversations he engaged in with staff, and tolerated among aides, he settled a sexual harassment complaint with $84,000 in public funds. Farenthold maintained his innocence in that matter and said he had fired his accuser, Lauren Greene, for poor performance. 

Pressure built fast for him to give up his seat last fall after the size of the settlement, and the use of public funds, became public.

Farenthold released the following statement Friday announcing his resignation:

Since being elected to Congress in 2010, I’ve worked to make government more efficient and responsive, cut government spending, repeal Obamacare, protect life and reduce the debt. Locally, I’ve worked tirelessly to get federal funding for the widening and deepening project at the Port of Corpus Christi and help our other area ports and military facilities. I’ve also been extremely successful in working with our communities on recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Most importantly, I’ve been able to help countless people, especially veterans with their problems with the federal government.

“While I planned on serving out the remainder of my term in Congress, I know in my heart it’s time for me to move along and look for new ways to serve.

Therefore, I sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott today resigning from the House of Representatives effective at 5:00 p.m. today, April 6, 2018.

It’s been an honor and privilege to serve the constituents of Texas’ 27th Congressional District. I would like to thank my staff both in Washington and Texas for all of their hard work on behalf of our constituents. I would also like to thank my family for their unwavering support and most importantly the people that elected me.

Leaving my service in the House, I’m able to look back at the entirety of my career in public office and say that it was well worthwhile.”


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