Farenthold: Attorneys Don't Want Me To Repay Settlement

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold arrives to a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington D.C. on Dec. 13 2017. REUTERS  Joshua Roberts

Blake Farenthold says he will not repay $84,000 in taxpayer money used to settle a sexual harassment suit against him. But even though he's going to be raking in a reported six-figure salary, Farenthold told ABC News that he has no intention of repaying an $84,000 sexual harassment settlement funded by taxpayers. Port Lavaca sits on the Texas coast some 70 miles northeast of Corpus Christi.

"I'm starting a new job today that has an hour-and-a-half commute", he said on 1360 KKTX-AM's "Lago in the Morning" talk show.

The former lawmaker has denied wrongdoing in the 2014 case, in which his former communications director accused him of making inappropriate comments created to gauge whether she was interested in a sexual relationship.

"In my opinion, as well as many other county officials I have heard from, a special election was not warranted and should not have been called", Farenthold wrote in a letter to Abbott dated May 2 and posted to Farenthold's old campaign site.

Meanwhile, Farenthold has accepted a lucrative position lobbying for a port in his South Texas district weeks after resigning in disgrace amid fallout from using public funds to settle the complaint.

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Caller Times reports that Farenthold's annual salary will be $160,000. She described Farenthold as often being drunk and flirtatious at work, complaining of a sexless marriage, and telling her a story about a female lobbyist who propositioned him for "a threesome".

In December 2017, Farenthold promised to return the money but never did. This comes roughly a month after Farenthold left Congress amid an ethics investigation on the matter.

Emily Martin, general counsel for the National Women's Law Center told the Victoria Advocate newspaper in Texas that Farenthold's new employer should take steps to protect the women he will be working with.

The director of the port could not immediately be reached by The Post on Monday night.

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