Disgraced ex-Texas congressman takes lucrative lobbying post

Congressman who resigned after sex harassment settlement has new job

Congressman who resigned after sex harassment settlement has new job

The former Republican congressman told the "Lago in the Morning" talk show that he would be working for the Port of Port Lavaca-Point Comfort, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported. Farenthold has told media sources that he has a new job lined up as a government lobbyist, which will reportedly net him a six-figure salary, but it seems he won't pay either expense.

"I'm starting a new job today that has an hour-and-a-half commute", said Farenthold. "You're gonna have me listening and calling in a whole lot now".

Meanwhile, Farenthold has accepted a lucrative position lobbying for a port in his South Texas district weeks after resigning in disgrace amid fallout from using public funds to settle the complaint.

The director of the port could not immediately be reached by The Post on Monday night.

Farenthold resigned abruptly, just as the House Ethics Committee was about to rule against him in an investigation into whether he sexually harassed members of his staff, used official money for campaign purposes and lied in testimony to the committee.

"Blake has always been a strong supporter of the Calhoun Port Authority and is familiar with the issues facing the port", it said in a statement.

After Farenthold resigned on April 6, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he fully expected Farenthold to repay the settlement to the U.S. Treasury. Abbott urged Farenthold to put $84,000 toward the cost of that election, even though it wouldn't be enough to fully pay for it.

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".