Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, said Thursday that he will not seek re-election next year, making him the latest lawmaker to step down amid sexual harassment allegations. "I think he's made the right decision that he's going to be leaving Congress", Ryan said at his weekly press conference.
Mr Farenthold - a former conservative radio host and married father-of-two - denies any wrongdoing.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reiterated her call for Kihuen to resign, but the lawmaker has said he will remain in office and would welcome an ethics investigation to clear his name.
The congressman denied sexual harassment allegations.
The Office of Congressional Ethics and the House Ethics Committee said in 2015 that there was not "substantial" reason to believe that Farenthold sexually harassed former communications director Lauren Greene. "The charges that were made are false", Farenthold said.Читайте также: S.Africa's ANC party wrestles over choice of new leader
Congressmen John Conyers and Trent Franks have stepped down, and Senator Al Franken has said that he will quit in the coming weeks. But the allegations have been revived, particularly since it became public that Farenthold paid a $84,000 settlement using money from a taxpayer-funded account.
In a video statement posted on the Elect Blake Farenthold Facebook page, he said he was "profoundly sorry" for allowing "the personal stress of the job to manifest itself in angry outbursts and, too often, a failure to treat people with the respect that they deserved".
"Quite simply my constituents deserve better", he said. It accused Farenthold of repeatedly complimenting her appearance, then joking that he hoped the comments wouldn't be construed as sexual harassment. The deadline in Texas for a candidate to remove his name from the primary ballot was Tuesday and Farenthold missed it, meaning voters will still have the chance to cast a vote for him in a March primary.
Farenthold upset long-serving Democratic U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz during the tea party wave of 2010, but the district has since been redrawn to make it more reliably Republican.
Weissert reported from Austin, Texas.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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