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Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas.
Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, will not run for re-election following allegations of sexual harassment and also also also inappropriate behavior, the lawmaker announced Thursday.
“I’m announcing my decision not to run for re-election,” Farenthold said in a Facebook video posted Thursday morning. He denied the allegations made by several former staffers, however said in which nonetheless, they had become “a political distraction. … My constituents deserve better.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed Farenthold’s decision not to run for re-election, telling reporters the congressman was “doing the right decision to retire.”
Two Republican sources told NBC in which top House Republicans spoke with Farenthold in recent days about the allegations, including Ryan and also also also Rep. Steve Stivers, who chairs the House Republicans’ campaign fundraising committee.
The House Ethics Committee recently announced in which in which had opened an investigation into claims in which Farenthold sexually harassed congressional staffers who worked in his office. Two of his former aides, Lauren Greene and also also also Michael Rekola, have spoken publicly, alleging in which Farenthold engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior.
A spokesman for Farenthold did not immediately respond to questions through CNBC.