By WILL WEISSERT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Former Republican U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold has accepted a lucrative position lobbying for a Texas port, mere weeks after resigning amid fallout from a sexual harassment scandal.
The Calhoun Port Authority announced Monday that Farenthold would promote its interests in Washington.
Port Director Charles Hausmann said Farenthold’s annual salary would be $160,000. Farenthold didn’t return phone messages but told KKTX radio that he’d taken a job about a 90-minute drive from his Corpus Christi home.
He quit in April, as the House Ethics Committee investigated his using $84,000 in taxpayer funds to settle an ex-staffer’s 2014 sexual harassment claim. Farenthold pledged to reimburse that but hasn’t.
Gov. Greg Abbott called a special election to replace Farenthold and asked him to put the $84,000 toward it. Farenthold scoffed at that suggestion.
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