A former senior aide to Rep. Blake Farenthold has approached the House Ethics Committee to share a damning account of working for the Texas Republican, with the intent of describing the congressman as verbally abusive and sexually demeaning -- and his congressional office as an intensely hostile environment that drove the aide to physical and emotional distress.
Michael Rekola, who was Farenthold's communications director in 2015, described in an interview with CNN new details of the congressman's abusive behavior. It ranged from making sexually graphic jokes to berating aides - bullying that Rekola says led him to seek medical treatment and psychological counseling, and at one point, caused him to vomit daily. Ref. CNN.
U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, will withdraw from primary race amid sexual misconduct allegations. U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, under fire over a sexual harassment lawsuit, will withdraw from the March 6 Republican primary, the "Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times" is reporting. Mike Bergsma, chairman of the Nueces County Republican Party, said he was told this morning by Farenthold's campaign team he will not seek re-election next year. A statement from Farenthold's camp was expected later this morning. Farenthold, has been under fire since it was disclosed that he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former aide with $84,000 in taxpayers' money. Ref. USAToday.
I think any member of congress who used tax payer money to pay off some person for them to keep quiet for any sexual or abusive harassment be forced out of office and to repay that money they used. These people all need to be fired it is a huge stinking pot of slime.
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Texas Republican resigns in wake of sexual harassment settlement. Rep. Blake Farenthold, the Texas Republican accused of sexual harassment in a suit that led to an $84,000 taxpayer settlement to a former aide, resigned Friday after insisting for months that he would serve out his current term in Congress. Source 4z.