REVEALED: Rep. Blake Fahrenthold Secretly Settled Sexual Harassment Suit With $84K In US House Money

Politico reports:

Rep. Blake Farenthold used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by his former spokesman — the only known sitting member of Congress to have used a little-known congressional account to pay an accuser, sources told POLITICO.

Lauren Greene, the Texas Republican’s former communications director, sued her boss in December 2014 over allegations of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.

Greene claimed in the lawsuit that another Farenthold aide told her the lawmaker had “sexual fantasies” and “wet dreams” about Greene. She also claimed that Farenthold “regularly drank to excess” and told her in February 2014 that he was “estranged from his wife and had not had sex with her in years.”

When she complained about comments Farenthold and a male staffer made to her, Greene said the congressman improperly fired her. She filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, but the case was later dropped after both parties reached a private settlement.

House Administration Committee Chairman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) told GOP lawmakers in a closed-door Friday morning meeting that only one House office in the past five years had used an Office of Compliance account to settle a sexual harassment complaint. Harper said in that one instance, the settlement totaled $84,000.

Hit the link for much more.

RELATED: Earlier this year Fahrenthold made national headlines when he challenged GOP Sen. Susan Collins to an “Aaron Burr-style duel” over her opposition to Trumpcare. Collins was later overheard on a hot mic mocking Farhrenthold’s appearance: “He’s so unattractive, it’s unbelievable.”

PHOTO: Twitter wags have noted that the “M” on the one girl’s hand is a nightclub’s notice to bartenders that she is a minor.

  • Boreal
    • John30013

      I hope the pressure from his own caucus to resign immediately will be as swift and strong as the Dems’ calls for Conyers to resign.

      But who am I kidding? He’s a Republican, so it’s ok.

      • Boreal

        We both know that won’t happen.

      • Jeffg166

        He’ll be rewashed in the blood of jeebus and thrown in the dryer to be good as new.

        • FAEN

          And he’ll still be just as revolting both inside and out.

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    • Robincho

      Blech Farenthold…

      • Boreal

        Blech indeed.

  • Do Something Nice

    Is there some ‘must be sexually immature’ requirement for Congressmen? It is getting to the point where it will be easier to list member are aren’t despicable pigs.

  • Jim Maloney

    Please warn me before posting that headline pic in the future especially with any headline about sex. Thanking in advance.

  • netxtown

    It’s the texas diddler two step

  • Michael

    I wish I hadn’t just eaten lunch.

  • JWC

    My oh My the water just keeps swirling and swirling

  • Reality.Bites

    Oh God, just appearing in public is sexual harassment in his case.

    I’m suing Joe and Discus over this.

    (I’m not mocking his victim or the actual case.)

  • Jim Maloney

    Politico: his ‘spokesman’ is actually a ‘spokeswoman’ or ‘spokesperson’. Interesting error.

    • Gigi

      I noticed that too and was quite happy to find that he isn’t on our team.

  • Gigi

    The rubber duckie jammies are wildly inappropriate for anyone his age, or shape.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Well, considering that, he should never have been left out of the ward in the first place,…

    • Paula

      That is kinda creepy, isn’t it?

  • Taylor Bixler
    • Cuberly Deux

      Today’s GOP!

      • Steverino

        Grifters Oligarchs Plutocrats

        • Cuberly Deux

          Payola oh MY!

    • Droz

      GOP Motto: No one got rich spending their own money.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Privatize the profits….socialize the loses

  • That is one large loophole that needs to be not closed, but removed. Anyone who is a citizen should be held equally accountable to our laws. Holding office, any office should not change things. No slush fund for Congress! And!! They should have the exact same insurance the rest of us suffer under.

    • AmeriCanadian

      And no tax money used for payolas either!

      • Treant

        Cook the lobbyists and make them Congress’ last grifted meal.

        • greenmanTN

          Pulled Pork-barrelers

    • The_Wretched

      It’s like workers comp for sexual harassment. No fault admitted but the injured party gets some cash and medical care.

  • safari
    • Treant

      The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence occasionally gets around to probing stuff, but being run by Republicans, it’s really more of a kangaroo court, and not in the way you would hope. But we do stumble upon and bury a fact occasionally.”

    • William

      Jared?

    • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • boobert
    • Treant

      Don’t disparage the goofy and delightful Banana Splits.

      One banana, two banana, three banana, four,
      Four bananas make a bunch and so do many more…

      ETA:

      https://youtu.be/XMl6HnhFFIA

      • William

        I am going to hunt you down for putting that song in my head.

        • Paula

          Yeah! What he said.
          La la la la la la la.

        • Treant

          Promise?

          Just re-score it a little:

          One banana, two banana, three banana, four,
          Four bananas up your butt and that makes you a whore…

      • boobert

        They were fun to watch while smoking weed ! lol

        • Treant

          Were?

          🙂

          I actually caught them as a very young child in re-runs. I wasn’t alive in ’68…

          • MT YVR

            You’re undead?

            (scampers off out of range)

          • Treant

            It’s weird. I’m cursed with being a vampire during the day and a human at night.

            It’s completely inconvenient.

          • MT YVR

            Um. Hon? That’s not blood you were suc….

            You know what? Nah. I’m … (laughing out loud) just… good. I’m good. 😛

            EDIT: Just realized this means you must be able to get some wicked tans going!

          • Treant

            They always tell me it’s blood, or pineapple juice. It tastes nothing like either…

            I should think prime vampire tanning hours are from 0.01 seconds after sunrise to about 0.1 seconds after sunrise. After that, the burns are a bit much…

          • MT YVR
          • Treant

            Age them 20 years and in either case, it can taste whatever it wants to taste like.

          • LOL!

          • Treant

            This instantly came to mind because JoCo is always appropriate…

            https://youtu.be/K_1uK67mQm0

          • MT YVR

            WoW video! WOOT!

            That’s ma jam!

          • Treant

            SpiffWorld has dozens. Not only JoCo, but Paul and Storm.

          • greenmanTN

            I think that means you’re a… SLEESTAK!!

            https://media.giphy.com/media/owFKEhvecSVmU/giphy.gif

          • Treant

            Holly! NO!

      • Megrim Twist

        LA LA LA
        LA LA LA LA!
        LA LA LA
        LA LA LA LA!

        • Treant

          Turns out it’s “TRA LA LA…”

          • Megrim Twist

            Oh fuck. My childhood is ruined.

          • Treant

            Yeah, mine took serious damage too.

            We’ll always have, “Uh oh, Chongo, its Danger Island next!”

          • unclemike

            Mind blown: some of those episodes were directed by Richard Donner, director of Goonies and Lethal Weapon.

          • Treant

            Cool! It was an inventive kids’ show for the sixties, and clearly set the stage for the more psychedelic Sid and Marty Krofft era (the Kroffts did the designs and costumes on the Banana Splits as well).

      • greenmanTN

        A nice use of the Dickies’ version of this song…

        https://youtu.be/fUdx2siotUo#t=01m00s

        • Treant

          And there actually were four bananas. 🙂

  • Treant

    The man with the luckiest news cycle today!

    Or, was this released after the Flynn thing as attempted distraction? No matter, I can pay attention to both. He’s scum and Dumpy’s scum and both need to GTFO and STFU.

    • Mickey Bitsko

      The sex angle will insure that the story has legs.

  • Statistics Palin

    Disgusting, beetle-browed hominid.

  • Boreal
  • Harveyrabbit

    “Twitter wags have noted that the “M” on the one girl’s hand is a nightclub’s notice to bartenders that she is a minor.”

    I guess that explains his pajamas.

    • Cuberly Deux

      Ha!

      …and ewwwww….!

  • William

    Will this bloated tick resign?

  • Gigi

    From his Wiki page: “Farenthold lives with his wife Debbie and two daughters Morgan and Amanda in Corpus Christi. He is the step-grandson of Sissy Farenthold, a long-time Democratic icon in Texas…” There’s so much wrong with this entry.

    • Reality.Bites

      Starting with calling his step-granddad a sissy.

      • Stogiebear

        Frances “Sissy” Farenthold was a woman.

  • MikeBx2

    O/T: Today’s news ain’t going to help.
    https://twitter.com/StevenTDennis/status/936658191907282944

    • Treant

      And yet that’s completely flat. With the fuckups and the open mouth and the dotardness, why the hell is he over 25%?

      • AlternativeQuacks
        • KCMC
        • coram nobis

          When did Jesus grope schoolgirls?

          BTW, this puts their tax exemption up for question.

        • JCF

          This sign still isn’t legal…YET. If the Rethug “Tax” Bill passes, however…

        • Taylor Bixler

          Seems like someone is begging to have their tax exempt status audited.

        • Treant

          Jesus was publicly accused of fucking children by the now grown-up children themselves?

          Who knew?

          • Steverino

            I don’t think it’s what he meant by “suffer the little children to come unto me.”

        • Jon Doh

          The word LIES under the 1100 was cropped out of that photo.

        • Oh, Parker

          Mental illness. Plain and simple.

      • Guess

        Remember the “four out of five” Denytne chewing gum dentists?
        There’s always that fifth dentist.

        • Treant

          I suppose that’s true, but even that’s only 20% of dentists. 🙂

          Side note: My dentist says, of gum chewing, “Don’t. Ever.” Not unless you have a severe halitosis problem and this is the only thing that works.

      • Friday

        Disinformation is out there. Even NPR is making me sick with the pandering to Repugs about the ‘tax reform.’

        • The_Wretched

          NPR’s corp plan to “let us hear from the other side” has been nauseating me for a while now. the Tax plan is looting for the rich. There isn’t an upside for the 99% to consider and ponder.

          • Friday

            Especially when it’s more ‘Let’s not call them on known/unsubstantiated bullshit.’

  • Cuberly Deux
  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    GROSS

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Seconded.,,just…ewwww

  • coram nobis

    Busy news day. And the perps just keep on coming.

    What a day, what a day, for an auto-da-fé …
    — Lenny Bernstein, “Candide”

    • arewemenoramidevo

      Auto-da-fé?
      Is an auto-da-fé
      what you oughta not do
      but you do anyway?

      • coram nobis

        These days, no doubt operated by Uber.

    • Robincho

      In addition to Lenny and his wife Felicia, lyricists contributing to Candide included John Latouche, Richard Wilbur, Lillian Hellman and my sainted Dorothy Parker. When asked why she thought Candide never really took off like some other Bernstein vehicles, La Dot replied, “Too many geniuses.”…

      • coram nobis

        Didn’t Barbara Cook do the first Cunegonde as well?

  • AmeriCanadian

    If I were one of those women in the photo, I’d be so proud that my likeness was being spread around like that. To be pictured with such HUNKS! OMG.

  • Taylor Bixler
    • Leo Tallant

      OMG! Is that a FACE or just some hideous rubber mask?

  • Cuberly Deux

    These creeps have zero shame. So he’s claiming they agreed to a settlement to save taxpayers $$….the party of personal responsibility folks.

    “[A]fter it became clear that further litigating this case would come at great expense to all involved — including the taxpayers — the parties engaged in mediation with a court-appointed mediator,” the statement read. “After extensive discussion and consideration, the parties jointly agreed to accept the solution proposed by the mediator.”

  • GanymedeRenard
  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Use your own money !! Not mine !!

    • Taylor Bixler

      Or stop sexually harassing women…¯_(ツ)_/¯

      • William

        How about both?

    • Beth Sanders

      yes stop with the women! He is NOT christian. makes me so upset!

      • Tor

        And neither are Trump or Moore!

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        You aren’t either GRAVE ROBBER !!

      • The_Wretched

        And there’s the “no true xtian” logical fallacy. Bad news beth, he’s a very good christian and that doesn’t change because he sinned does it?

  • William

    I was in his district for about a week. More like his district was redrawn to include my house for about a week, then the court ruled it invalid. Now I have a total teabagger for a rep.

  • safari
    • MikeBx2

      Trump soon: “I’ve never really trusted him.”

      • William

        “He’s just some guy my daughter knows. I’ve hardly spoken to him.”

        • Reality.Bites

          I’m going to enjoy all the “blame the Jew” that will happen, for its impact on Jewish Republicans.

        • Steverino

          “Only worked for us 25 days, former Obama administration official.”

        • I think the narrative will be that this was all Jared’s doing, he took the initiative, it was his idea, and he acted totally on his own.. This is the only way to save Trump. Now we are getting into Articles of Impeachment..

    • Treant

      Wait for the charges. The very minor charges he gets to “roll” on his father in law.

      (Is anybody disappointed that Flynn, who has confessed to treason, is up for very little punishment and his son, ditto, up for none at all? It’s like they’re giving it away).

      • Reality.Bites

        My most important goal is getting them all out of public life as quickly as possible.

      • kelven

        This is only one charge. There may and probably will be others. This one is just to get the ball rolling. Mueller and company are playing chess while Humpty Trumpty and friends are playing Hungry Hungry Hippo.

      • William

        There has to be more against Flynn. I can’t see this deal covering his son.

        • kareemachan

          I read a tweet from junior crowing about how he’d never be arrested. Not a word about his dad.

      • AlternativeQuacks

        Most legal analysts are saying that’s a sure sign that Flynn gave Mueller a lot, probably everything and everybody all the way to the top.

        • Treant

          Let’s hope so. It also fits the much darker interpretation that everybody is going to get off with a wrist slap while the top floats free as a bird.

          (Mueller is not inspiring confidence to the most cynical amongst you, in other words).

        • Flynn got a pretty sweetheart deal, a guilty plea for lying to the FBI, while the other charges are dropped.. which could include income tax evasion, not registering as a lobbyist for a foreign government, and a couple other things..

      • JCF

        FELONY record now. What’s his future?

        • Treant

          He’s rich enough that he doesn’t require one.

      • Cuberly Deux

        He has his Turkey shenanigans hanging over him, most likely a lot more. If Flynn doesn’t cough up the big fish or if it’s discovered he hid other incriminating info from Mueller the plea deal goes bye bye and he’s f’d.

        This looks to be pretty darn big.

      • Hunter M

        This is just chapter one. Mueller needed someone from inside to break and fill in the missing pieces. The rest of the story will now come out. It’s going to get good from here. Mueller is thorough and will make any charges stick.

    • Cuberly Deux

      Shouldn’t Uday be peeing his pants as well?

    • um Kushner is toast.. He will have to jump on the grenade in order to save Trump, if Trump can be saved..

  • Jmdintpa

    lord honey it would take $84000 to get hooker on that face… lawd ham mercy

  • Michael R
    • safari

      I’m waiting for an impassioned speech on “regular order” from John McCain.

    • AmeriCanadian

      So disgusted by all of this. To vote for a bill sight unseen…I just can’t.

      • Michael R

        Governing by dirty trick .

        • FAEN

          ‘Governing’

      • FAEN

        And let’s not forget the tea bangers and their bs “Ramming Obamacare through with no debate” trope. God they are so brazenly hypocritical it makes me sick.

        • DesertSun59

          I recall the nearly full year of debate, which included open discussions by both sides, endless hearings and Joe Lieberman constantly moving the goalpost when bipartisanship was starting to work, regarding the ACA.

          The entire Right has amnesia regarding those months.

          • FAEN

            That’s because you live in reality matey.

    • The_Wretched

      Yep.

      Secret bills rammed through. It’s not governance. It is autocracy. Nothing matters except looting to make the wealthy even wealthier.

  • Jefe5084

    This guy is so disgusting. And, of course I am shocked that he is a politician from Texas!!!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d2f7ba7db6594f0de59b59353113794832f0a70a2695455ebf79e5ee0c6861bf.jpg

  • Paula

    I don’t know which bothers me more, the slutty straight girls or the creeps with them.
    You know those sweaty pigs didn’t score with those girls.

    • HZ81

      Straight people as a whole, are just foul. I mean, look what they’ve done with the world.

      • JeauxFan

        Tsk, be nice. What about meeee????

        • HZ81

          No exceptions. Or mercy!!!

          • JeauxFan

            Hahahahaha ok, I guess I am indeed foul but those bitches are just gross. And underpaid for whatever they did with those two night terrors.

  • safari
    • Treant

      Infighting gets me hot.

      • JeauxFan

        Girl, I’m ready to put on my datin’ underwear! Yyaaayyyy!!!!!

        • Treant

          You wear underwear on dates?

          Prude.

          :-p

          • JeauxFan

            Hahahahaha! Just the kind that makes them grunt and rip it off immediately.

          • JeauxFan

            Only the kind that makes them grunt and rip it off 😋

    • Cuberly Deux
    • Taylor Bixler

      /r/The_Donald/ is a pretty special place today too.

    • BobSF_94117

      I gotta wonder what ProLepanto expects?

  • Beth Sanders

    not TEXAS!!! makes me so sad. not sure if i believe it.

    • R W C

      Texas is the capital of do what I say, not what I do.

      • Beth Sanders

        i agree. could just be a big nothingburger!

        • The_Wretched

          You broke character with “nothingburger”. Back to troll school.

        • Mickey Bitsko

          You mean a Breitburger.

        • R W C

          ‘Deer’, Hypocrisy with Smegma is the best-seller on the Value Meal Menu here.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Of course not “Beth”. You wouldn’t believe there was shit on the floor even if your face was rubbed in it.

  • SoCalGal20

    Figures he’d be one of the creepers. Ew.

  • ben
    • SoCalGal20

      Wowza!

    • coram nobis

      The day isn’t over yet. Wowee.

    • MikeBx2

      He should hire more lawyers. Then hire lawyers for the lawyers. Then get lawyers for them too.

      • Treant

        And they can trade the lawerin’ around like the Sneetches…

    • clay

      Two birds with one stone! Flynn to take out Pence AND Jared?

      • JeauxFan

        Reallyreally???? Pleeeeaassseee???

  • JCF

    “Rep. Blake Farenthold used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by his former spokesman”

    Damn, I read the spokesMAN thing, and thought it was Teh Gay. That, of course, would be fatal in Rethug politics. With the ladies, he’s one Come to White Jebus moment away from rebirth…

    • JeauxFan

      Me, too

  • Blake J Butler

    Damn beat me to it Joe! 🙂

  • Richard

    Giving taxpayer dollars to politicians to use in hushing up those persons that have been sexually harassed is criminal. Having a pot full of money available only encourages those that offend to continue to offend. This is just another politician that needs to resign.

  • Greg B.

    I should be compensated for having to look at a picture of that guy while reading the word sexual.

  • MikeBx2

    I can’t believe Trump was right about something. We’re all saying it now.
    https://twitter.com/FullFrontalSamB/status/936615965336449024

    • Mickey Bitsko

      ᒄ₍⁽ˆ⁰ˆ⁾₎ᒃ♪♬

    • Reality.Bites

      Despite not being a Christian, or of Christian descent, and really not giving a damn what holiday greeting cashiers give me, if any. (You rarely get them in Toronto stores), I have to say that being handed a present with a hearty “Happy Holidays” sounds like it would suck.

      So Merry Christmas one and all! May Rough Trade Santa bring you everything you want

      https://youtu.be/X5DRMkFOyCI?t=19s

      I grew up in the sort of family that while atheist, celebrated the holidays somewhat traditionally as to rituals and menus, despite none of the food being kosher unless by coincidence. So we never turned Chanukah into an ersatz Christmas.

  • HZ81

    Ouch, my stomach and eyes barfed.

  • Guess

    Fahrenthold comes out into a new, stand-alone category for America’s policymakers and executives.

    The Oh-No-sexual.

  • clay

    Instead of my money, I would have been happy if she’d gotten his job.

  • William

    On the plus side, he didn’t send nude selfies.

    • Max_1

      … That we know of.

  • JeauxFan

    Gross

  • The_Wretched

    So who is in charge of leaking the private / secret settlements? Fahenthold was a joke before this revelation. Release the rest of the list.

  • Boy Elvis

    If you ever need to kill your boner just think of Fahrenthold and Todd Starnes making out.

  • FAEN

    This has to be true. No woman or man or human for that matter in their right mind would ever fuck that walking piece of phlegm.

  • Dan M

    He probably thought the M was for “miner” so that made it legal.

    • Hue-Man

      Esp. COAL miner.

      • Jukesgrrl

        Yeah, he thought she was a coal miner, so he gave her extra money.

  • DesertSun59

    My money is on him being ‘exonerated’ and re-elected.

    • MaryJOGrady

      Knowing Corpus Christi, the main city in his district, I agree. –sigh–

  • Mike Knife

    $84K of your tax money paid for Rep. Blake Fahrenthold Sexual Harassment. Government servants who have secrets like this need to be arrested and brought to justice.

    • Bj Lincoln

      He should be arrested and found guilty of stealing. He should have to pay it all back with interest after several years in prison.

  • unsavedheathen

    The Texas 27th is one of the seven gerrymandered districts that mean the residents of greater Austin are represented in Congress by six different Republicans and one Democrat.

  • Dayglo

    In the far-right bizarro world, Texans probably feel honored to contribute to Mr. Arbuckle’s, er, I mean Farenthold’s sexcapade fund.

  • I want all of them gone. Democrats and Republicans. Even if I like how they voted. Gone. We have tolerated this shit for WAY too long and it needs to stop. Now.

  • popebuck1

    That picture of him in pajamas should be in the dictionary next to “repugnant.” Ugh.

  • greenmanTN
  • Jukesgrrl

    The uglier these guys are physically, the worse their crimes are. Gives new meaning to “can’t get a date.”

  • Gianni

    “….Collins was later overheard on a hot mic mocking Farhrenthold’s appearance: “He’s so unattractive, it’s unbelievable.”…. That wasn’t very kind of Susan Collins to say that. OK, it’s true. I forgive her.

  • Grumpy Old Man
  • hdtex