Ex-Rep. Farenthold says he won't repay $84K sexual harassment settlement

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Farenthold is now the legislative liaison for the port and will earn a salary of $160,000.10, slightly less than his congressional salary of $174,000.

Port Director Charles Hausmann told the Caller-Times that Farenthold's position is new but would not specify if it was the result of a closed-session discussion last week. "Blake has always been a strong supporter of the Calhoun Port Authority and is familiar with the issues facing the Port... the Board looks forward to the services Blake can provide in assisting the Port with matters in Washington, D.C.", a statement from the port said.

Former Congressman Blake Farenthold has told reporters that he has no intention of repaying the settlement over the sexual harassment scandal that forced his resignation from Congress.

The port is located in the Gulf Coast community of Point Comfort, an area hit by Hurricane Harvey last summer. That's roughly double the amount he spent in taxpayer money to settle a 2014 sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him by his former aide Lauren Greene.

Farenthold abruptly resigned from Congress on April 6. By April, with the House Ethics Committee close to wrapping up a probe into more office misconduct, he quit Congress.

Still, Reps. Susan Brooks, an Indiana Republican, and Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat, had pointed words for Farenthold, who was first elected in 2010.

He told ABC News, "I will say this on the record: I have been advised by my attorneys not to repay that".

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has also demanded Farenthold cover the costs for a special election to fill his seat in the 27th district, though Farenthold has also signaled he will not cover that expense either. "You're gonna have me listening and calling in a whole lot now". He can pay back the money he illegally "borrowed" from the taxpayers and still have $76,000 to spare.

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