Big news this morning as Representative Blake Farenthold has announced that he will not be seeking re-election. He will, however, finish out his term.
A local ABC affiliate, of all places, just broke the news:
Congressman Blake Farenthold will withdraw from the race but is expected to finish his term. Newscenter 25 is working to get more details from the Farenthold camp. You may remember the Congressman spoke to constituents via Skype on Wednesday saying, “I just want to let everyone know, I absolutely did not engage in any improper conduct. I was investigated by the office of congressional ethics, and they found 6-0, there wasn’t enough effort ,” said Farenthold.
Farenthold out, per local media: https://t.co/1wxcfXtw9B
— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) December 14, 2017
Farenthold’s last day in office will be January 20, 2019.
This is big news for the 27th congressional district of Texas. Farenthold has been plagued by accusations of sexual misconduct in office. For years, there have been rumors of his deviancy on Capitol Hill.
Earlier this morning, CNN ran an exclusive account from a former Farenthold staffer describing the kind of lurid and vulgar antics that would go on within his office:
Michael Rekola, who was Farenthold’s communications director in 2015, described in an interview with CNN new details of the congressman’s abusive behavior. It ranged from making sexually graphic jokes to berating aides — bullying that Rekola says led him to seek medical treatment and psychological counseling, and at one point, caused him to vomit daily.
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Here’s just one example of Farenthold’s obscene behavior (GRAPHIC LANGUAGE WARNING):
One comment from the congressman was especially personal. Rekola was about to leave town to get married in July 2015, when, he said, Farenthold, standing within earshot of other staffers in his Capitol Hill office, said to the groom-to-be: “Better have your fiancée blow you before she walks down the aisle — it will be the last time.” He then proceeded to joke about whether Rekola’s now-wife could wear white on her wedding day — a clear reference, Rekola said, to whether she had had premarital sex.
Dude’s a creeper for sure. Farenthold’s reputation is so bad that Republicans in recent days have called on him to resign, including Rep. Barbara Comstock and Rep. Mia Love.
I don’t blame them. Farenthold has, for a lack of a better word, a weird reputation. You can see what I mean in the picture below:
Mr. Rosenstein, do you like my ducky pajamas? pic.twitter.com/cmQU7cNq1j
— @mrod21mvp (@mrod21mvp) December 13, 2017
Hanging out with a model in ducky pajamas isn’t exactly the kind of behavior we expect from lawmakers, let alone Christian men.
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