Austin, TX — On Thursday, members of the U.S. House Ethics Committee voted to open an investigation against Texas Republican Blake Farenthold following revelations of a sexual harassment claim.
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]
Earlier in the week, Farenthold said he would repay taxpayers for the expense to settle his sexual harassment case.
As Farenthold used taxpayer funds to clean his mess, Farenthold’s victim faced retaliation for speaking out, “I was told right away that I would be, quote-unquote, ‘blackballed’ if I came forward. … That’s exactly what happened.” [POLITICO, December 4, 2017]
Meanwhile, Congressmen John Culberson (CD-7), Will Hurd (CD-23), and Pete Sessions (CD-32) have not withdrawn support from their fellow Texas Republican.