Farenthold Sends Letter Saying He Won't Pay Back Money from Harassment Settlement

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Blake Farenthold resigned as a U.S. Representative after revelations surfaced that he used taxpayer money to pay a woman who accused him of sexual harassment. - TWITTER / @FARENTHOLD
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  • Blake Farenthold resigned as a U.S. Representative after revelations surfaced that he used taxpayer money to pay a woman who accused him of sexual harassment.
Just when you think the tale of Blake Farenthold can't get any more bizarre, the former U.S. Representative has fired off a letter to the governor saying he's unwilling to pay for a special election to fill his seat.

You may recall, Gov. Greg Abbott recently requested that Farenthold help cover the cost of the special election find his replacement. The Corpus Christi Republican resigned early this month after revelations that he'd used $84,000 in taxpayer funds to pay a woman who accused him of sexual harassment.

At the time, he promised to reimburse the money.

But, in the letter posted on his website, Farenthold now maintains that he wasn't wrong to use the money because it came from a fund set up for the "express purpose" of paying out awards and settlements.



Potentially adding insult to injury, Farenthold also dissed Abbott for going to the media about the special election before coming to him directly. However, he added that he knows the governor is an "honorable man" above "kicking someone while they are down, especially a fellow Republican."

"I'll just chalk it up to bad advice from your staff," Farenthold wrote.

Stay tuned. More public pissing to come.

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