Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Ex-Rep. Farenthold Won't Repay $84K Settlement

Ex-Rep. Farenthold Won't Repay $84K Settlement

"I'm starting a new job today that has an hour-and-a-half commute", he announced on Corpus Christi radio 1360 KKTX-AM's Lago in the Morning talk show, quoted in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Former Rep. Blake Farenthold, the disgraced Texas Republican who resigned last month in the aftermath of a sexual harassment settlement, has secured his next paid gig - as a government lobbyist.

There is still no word on why the former congressman was such a good hire.

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

As for his new lobbying job, reportedly with the Calhoun Port Authority for a $160,000 salary, the former congressman declined to comment.

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Farenthold served in the House of Representatives from January 5, 2011, until April 6, 2018. The lawsuit also alleged that another aide told Greene that Farenthold had "sexual fantasies" and "wet dreams" about her.

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

Farenthold resigned abruptly, just as the House Ethics Committee was about to rule against him in an investigation into whether he sexually harassed members of his staff, used official money for campaign purposes and lied in testimony to the committee.

"Blake has always been a strong supporter of the Calhoun Port Authority and is familiar with the issues facing the Port", a statement read.

"The Board looks forward to the services Blake can provide in assisting the Port with matters in Washington, D.C.", the organization told the newspaper.

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