The sexual harassment scandals sweeping Washington (and the rest of the country) had fallen out of the headlines recently, but it wasn’t gone for long.
Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican representing the Corpus Christi area of Texas, submitted his resignation from Congress effective today after allegations surfaced he had used taxpayer money to pay off a sexual harassment claim.
Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) announced Friday that he is resigning from Congress immediately after facing a backlash over using $84,000 in taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment claim.
“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,” Farenthold said in a statement.
The abrupt resignation is effective as of 5 p.m. on Friday, according to his office. His official congressional Twitter account appeared to have been deleted as of that time.
Lauren Greene, the congressman’s former communications director, sued her boss over allegations he fostered a hostile work environment where gender discrimination and sexual harassment were prevalent.
Farenthold initially said in December he would not seek reelection after coming under fire for using an Office of Compliance account to pay his accuser. It’s unclear whether he has made good on his promise to pay back the $84,000, but a statement from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) indicates he has not.