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Blake Farenthold Withdraws from Re-election But Will Likely Remain on Ballot

Congressman Blake Farenthold missed the deadline to withdraw from the March 6 primary.

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Blake Farenthold on December 13, 2017, in Washington D.C.
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Amid allegations of sexual harassment, payoffs, and rude behavior, U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold of Corpus Christi announced today that he is withdrawing from his campaign for re-election. The problem is that the Republican congressman can’t.

I asked Sam Taylor with the Texas Secretary of State’s Office if Farenthold could withdraw since the candidate filing deadline passed on Monday. “No,” Taylor replied. “Barring a successful challenge to the candidate’s application before the mail-in ballots go out in late January, his name will still be on the ballot for the March 6 primary.”

The only way to remove Farenthold from the ballot now is for the Republican Party of Texas to declare him ineligible to serve in office. Using $84,000 of taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit does not count. There are only three qualifications to be a member of the U.S. House: to be a citizen, older than 25 years in age, and to be an inhabitant of the state in which you hold office. Farenthold could declare that he no longer is a resident of Texas and become ineligible, but that also would raise questions about whether he could serve out his term in the U.S. House.

Had he withdrawn by 6 p.m. Monday, none of this would be an issue. It’s just the final screw-up of a congressman who has been the subject of one political and social mistake after another ever since he appeared wearing ducky pajamas next to a scantily clad model at a Corpus Christi fundraiser in 2010 while running for office the first time. He won that election over incumbent Democrat Solomon Ortiz by 799 votes.

Farenthold’s 27th Congressional District was made more Republican in the 2011 redistricting. His service largely developed a record as a Republican placeholder.

But his incumbency started a slow decline in 2014 when Lauren Greene, his communications director, sued him for sexual harassment. Another aide told her that Farenthold said he has sexual fantasies about her and “wet dreams.” The lawsuit had not been a secret, but only recently news broke that $84,000 in taxpayer money had been spent to settle with Greene. Farenthold admitted no fault but said he would borrow money to repay the settlement.

Then another aide on Wednesday described an abusive atmosphere in Farenthold’s office that included him calling people “fucktard.” He said it was in jest. That was the final straw, and Farenthold announced he would not seek re-election today.

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  • Jed

    this is awesome. doesn’t want to run anymore, but we will still ge tto tak about him and his pajamas until march. on second thought …

    ps – in other news, nytimes has a great piece today directly comparing trump’s lies to those of previous presidents (obama’s). everyone but JJ will find it highly illuminating.


    • WUSRPH

      Actually JJ might not find it that surprising……He has repeatedly declared that everyone (with the possible exception of himself) is a liar and that there is no such thing as truth, only opinions….so he might not be surprised that Trump is a perpetual liar….however, even he might be surprised by the total number.

  • John Bernard Books

    This you won’t find in the NY Times….
    “Judicial Watch today released new U.S. Department of State documents showing former Secretary Hillary Clinton and her then-Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin were permitted to remove electronic and physical records under a claim they were “personal” materials and “unclassified, non-record materials,” including files of Clinton’s calls and schedules, which were not to be made public. The documents show the Obama State Department records would not be “released to the general public under FOIA.”

    The new records also show that Huma Abedin was allowed to take five boxes of “physical files” out of the State Department that include records described as “Muslim Engagement Documents.””

    “muslim engagement documents”….let that sink in a minute.

    • CissyRenee

      What exactly does your comment have to do with the story at hand? I’m no Democrat but even I can see that people like you, unable to digest or recognize a single wrongdoing of ANY Republican politician much less able to internalize the need for holding ourselves to ANY kind of higher standard whatsoever, are leaving a permanent rotten smell on all of us who hold political beliefs any smidge at all right of center. In simpler terms, crackpots like you make us look highly……… ‘cerebrally challenged’.

      • WUSRPH

        Thank you for your refutation of the Troll. It won’t make any difference, but it is good to see that someone finds him as objectionable as do most of the long-time posters on BB. We long ago gave up any hope that he would display any reason, facts or simple decent manners in his posts. As a result, most of us have blocked him so that al we see when he posts is: “This user is blocked.” It drives him up the wall because he cannot survive without an audience.

        • SpiritofPearl

          Ignore him.

          • John Bernard Books

            you need another drink…..

        • John Bernard Books

          change your diaper like your politics it stinks…

      • John Bernard Books

        You haven’t been able to grasp the basic tenet of politics….the worst republican is better than the best democrat. As you’re one of the 95% uninformed low information voter known as dems I’m not surprised. But Hay stick around even you may learn something….?

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    Dems love their their wedge issues…..we all know how democrat men treat wimmen.
    So instead of trying to learn something about the tax bill to help maga dems are trying to change the topic to the all important topic of sexual abuse. Yes…sexual abuse is all about creating new victims….dems love them some victumhoody…..

  • John Bernard Books

    See how it works dems…..
    “Andrea Ramsey, a Democratic candidate for Congress, will drop out of the race after the Kansas City Star asked her about accusations in a 2005 lawsuit that she sexually harassed and retaliated against a male subordinate who said he had rejected her advances.”

    I have repeatedly rejected pearl’s uninvited and unwanted advances…….and I banned her from posting here.

  • John Bernard Books

    See how this works dems….
    “A regional director with the California Democratic Party submitted his resignation on Thursday, nearly two weeks after a 23-year-old woman reported that he sexually assaulted her last year, spurring party leaders to seek his ouster.”

    at a metwo meeting for dems to see how to exploit the movement dems were raping women…..hahaha

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    see how it is done you dummazz dem voters…..
    “A well-known women’s rights lawyer sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the final months of the 2016 presidential race, according to documents and interviews.

    California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill.”

    false accusations of sexual abuse is now a business run by sleazy lawyers….