Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Congressman who resigned after sex harassment settlement has new job

Congressman who resigned after sex harassment settlement has new job

And now he is back.

Former Rep. Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdFarenthold lands new job in Texas Eric Schneiderman and #MeToo pose challenges for both parties Farenthold: I shouldn't be asked to pay for special election MORE (R-Texas) says he does not intend to pay back $84,000 in taxpayer dollars used to settle a sexual harassment case against him, despite pledging to do so previous year.

Farenthold announced Monday on a Corpus Christi radio show that he landed a new gig at the Calhoun Port Authority in Port Lavaca, Texas, as reported by Caller Times.

"I'm starting a new job today that has an hour-and-a-half commute", Farenthold told the show. "You're going to have me listening and calling in a whole lot now".

As Legislative Liaison, Farenthold will perform various duties for the port, including increasing the port's presence and visibility in Washington, D.C., with legislators, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Executive Branch, and other policy makers, along with working collaboratively with others to further the port's agenda and to obtain public funding.

Former members of Congress are prohibited from acting as lobbyists for at least one year after leaving office but there is no prohibition on them taking a similar role if employed by government agencies like the port authority.

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What is most surprising is the nature of allegations against the Texas lawmaker that made him quit his former job in the first place and he was still considered for a lobbying job.

Farenthold was sued in 2014 by his former communications director, who alleged the Texas Republican fostered a hostile work environment, sexually harassed female staffers and discriminated against women.

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 House Ethics Committee even released a statement urging Farenthold to uphold his promise to repay the settlement.

Gov. Greg Abbott called a special election to replace Farenthold and asked him to put the $84,000 toward it. Farenthold scoffed at that suggestion.

WASHINGTON ― A month after abruptly resigning from Congress in an apparent effort to avoid more fallout from sexual harassment allegations, former Rep.

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