For years Congressman Blake Farenthold has been pursued by whispers of sexual harassment. In the current political climate, those whispers appear to have been enough to force him out of office, creating another open Congressional seat in Texas. Yesterday he announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018. My guess is this becomes a resignation very soon.
According to CNN:
The news that Farenthold won’t seek re-election follows a CNN report Wednesday that a former senior aide to the congressman has approached the House Ethics Committee to share a damning account of working for Farenthold, with the intent of describing the congressman as verbally abusive and sexually demeaning — and his congressional office as an intensely hostile environment that drove the aide to physical and emotional distress.
Farenthold “>The Ethics Committee was already investigating Farenthold for investigating sexual harassment allegations made by Farenthold’s former aide, Lauren Greene. The congressman has previously denied any wrongdoing in the Greene case and on Wednesday denied some of the accusations the former aide told CNN though Farenthold also said some of the language he used was not appropriate.”
Farenthold already had drawn multiple challengers, the most viable of whom appear to be Michael Cloud, former chair of the Victoria County (TX) GOP and former Texas Water Development Board chairman Bech Bruun.
With TX-21, TX-5 and now TX-27 as open seat scenarios, things just got a little crazier here in Texas in 2018.