Blake Farenthold Has No Plans To Repay $84K Settlement To Taxpayers

Congressman who resigned after sex harassment settlement has new job

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?

Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) already has a new job: lobbying his former colleagues on port issues. When the news broke this past December, he vowed to quickly pay the money back but never did.

"I'm starting a new job today that has an hour-and-a-half commute... you're going to have me listening and calling in a whole lot now", Farenthold said on KKTX-AM's "Lago in the Morning", The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.

"I'm a private citizen now, so I'm not commenting about my employment", he said.

WASHINGTON ― A month after abruptly resigning from Congress in an apparent effort to avoid more fallout from sexual harassment allegations, former Rep. "That's why it hasn't been repaid".

Farenthold resigned from Congress last month after it was reported that the Treasury Department paid $84,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim against him.

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The good news for the ex-lawmaker is that he can now repay taxpayers for the settlement and still have $76,000 left of his salary.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wanted Farenthold to foot the bill for a special election to replace him but Farenthold refused.

In a May 2 letter, which Farenthold mistakenly addressed to The Honorable "Gregg" Abbott, Farenthold pointed at Texas special election Texas law, contending that Abbott's call for a special election was "not warranted and should not have been called".

Farenthold declined to further discuss the governor's request with ABC. Farenthold says he shouldn't be held to pay for the election because he doesn't find it necessary.

His annual salary will be $160,000.10, just under the $174,000 he was paid in the House, according to the Caller-Times.

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