Republican congressman accused of sexual harassment won't seek reelection

Rep. Kevin Brady R The Woodlands heads to a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan R-Wis. on the tax bill earlier this month. 

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas' 27th District, will retire at the end of his term and will not see re-election in 2018, two GOP sources confirmed to NBC News Thursday morning. Al Franken (D., Minn.) and Rep. John Conyers (D., Mich.) also announcing they were stepping down over the past month for misconduct.

Michael Rekola told CNN that Farenthold said, "Better have your fiancée blow you before she walks down the aisle - it will be the last time", shortly before he was married. Steve Stivers, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Wednesday.

But sexual jokes were a constant in Farenthold's office, she said, as well as comments about women's appearances, including which congresswomen Farenthold found to be unattractive.

Farenthold would not confirm that the $84,000 payment, from a Treasury Department fund used to settle workplace complaints against lawmakers, was from his office.

The letter goes on to explain how the Office of Congressional Ethics, after an extensive investigation, voted unanimously to dismiss the sexual harassment claims against Farenthold by a former staffer, Lauren Greene. Peace said the congressman would throw objects in angry bursts, and sometimes wipe all of the objects off of his desk, leaving aides scrambling to clean up the mess.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race for the 27th District Solid Republican.



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