December 1, 2017/Media, Press

Texas Republican Blake Farenthold Used $84,000 of Taxpayer Funds To Settle A Sexual Harassment Claim

Austin, TX — According to POLITICO, “Rep. Blake Farenthold used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by his former spokesman — the only known sitting member of Congress to have used a little-known congressional account to pay an accuser.” [POLITICO, December 1, 2017]

Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal K. Perkins issued the following statement:

“Blake Farenthold’s conduct towards a female staffer is unlawful and disgusting, to say the least. Using Texas taxpayer dollars as a piggy bank to hide your demeaning and degrading harassment of women is even worse.  

“Texas Republican Blake Farenthold has violated the public trust and shown a pattern of demeaning, degrading, and disrespectful conduct towards women. Farenthold’s business as a United States Representative should come to an abrupt and justifiable end.”

WARNING: Disturbing Background:

PICTURED: Then-candidate Blake Farenthold, best known as the co-host of a local conservative radio show, arriving in duck-print pajamas for a fundraising dinner… “before he left, a promoter snapped a picture of him posing gamely next to a young waitress in lingerie.” [Houston Chronicle, January 16, 2015]

  • Farenthold’s former communications director worked for 18 months. According to her complaint in court, Farenthold and his top aide, Bob Haueter, sexually harassed her…
  • Farenthold’s former communications director claimed in the lawsuit that another Farenthold aide told her the lawmaker had “sexual fantasies” and “wet dreams”. She also claimed that Farenthold “regularly drank to excess” and told her in February 2014 that he was “estranged from his wife and had not had sex with her in years.”
  • “On June 10, 2014, in response to Haueter’s complaint about [the communications director’s] shirt … which Haueter claimed was transparent and showed [her] nipples, Farenthold told [another woman staffer] that [his communications director] could show her nipples whenever she wanted to.”

Read the full story in POLITICO