Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) is just the latest to call on fellow Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold to resign on Thursday following reports that the Texas lawmaker used taxpayer money to settle a 2014 lawsuit with a former aide who claims Farenthold sexually harassed her. Rep. Love has also initiated legislation to stop lawmakers from using taxpayer money to resolve these kinds of disputes.
The House Ethics Committee revealed that it would impanel an investigative subcommittee to look into allegations of sexual harassment against Farenthold. The committee said that a unanimous vote established the subcommittee.
After hearing this report, Rep. Love was asked on CNN if the Texas representative should resign.
“Well, look, this is a culture of behavior, and I don’t think that he thinks he’s done anything wrong,” Love said. “But the fact is, somebody was paid off. And what’s frustrating to me is, the money that was used, it’s taxpayer dollars.”
“I think that he should voluntarily resign,” Love added when pressed by CNN’s Kate Bolduan.
Farenthold has not admitted to any wrongdoing but said he would reimburse taxpayers for the legal costs.
“I want to be clear that I didn’t do anything wrong, but I also don’t want the taxpayers to be on the hook for this,” Farenthold said Monday. “And I want to be able to talk about it and fix the system without people saying, ‘Blake, you benefited from the system, you don’t have a right to talk about it or fix it.’”
Love’s comments come after Farenthold promised to reimburse taxpayers for the $84,000 spent settling the lawsuit filed by Lauren Greene, his former communications director.
Greene left Farenthold’s employment in 2014 and described her search for work after the settlement as a “tough road” in an interview this week.
“It’s definitely turned my life upside down,” Greene said.
“It’s been a tough road. Emotionally, it was tough. Professionally, it’s been hard to figure out next steps. And it’s definitely had an impact on my career.”
Do you agree with Rep. Love? Should Farenthold resign? She we stop using tax payer money to settle lawsuits like this one?
Credit: The Hill