Blake Farenthold, Texas Congressman Accused of Sexual Harassment, Will Not Run Again


Representative Blake Farenthold, Republican of Texas, is the fourth member of Congress in two weeks whose careers have been felled by allegations of sexual misconduct.

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WASHINGTON — Representative Blake Farenthold, a Texas Republican who settled a lurid sexual harassment claim with his former communications director for $84,000 in taxpayer money, will not run for re-election, Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday.

“I think he’s making the right decision to retire,” Mr. Ryan said, confirming that he spoke twice with Mr. Farenthold on Wednesday. “There are new stories that are very disconcerting.”

Mr. Farenthold is currently the subject of a…

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