Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, said Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, should resign from his post after it was reported he had settled a sexual harassment case for $84,000.
“I think he should voluntarily resign, because I believe we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard,” Love told CNN anchor Kate Bolduan Thursday night. “Where he may not feel like his behavior was inappropriate, obviously somebody did."
“I think we need to evaluate ourselves,” she added. “This is about getting people to take responsibility for what they do and changing the culture that’s in Washington.”
"I think that he should voluntarily resign" - Rep. Mia Love on Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Texas Republican who reportedly settled a sexual harassment complaint with taxpayer money in 2014 https://t.co/9bWBfq1BrZ pic.twitter.com/wWzh19uZAo— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) December 8, 2017
Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., also called on Farenthold to resign, through a spokesperson last week. When Jeff Marschner, Comstock's deputy chief of staff, was asked if Comstock thought Farenthold should resign, he responded “yes,” Politico reported.
Farenthold’s former communications director, Lauren Greene, sued him in December 2014, for gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and creating a hostile work environment, Politico reported last week.
Greene asserted in the lawsuit that a male aide had informed her Farenthold had talked about “sexual fantasies” and “wet dreams” he had about her. She also said he once discussed being “estranged from his wife and had not had sex with her [his wife] in years.”
“Farenthold regularly drank to excess, and because of his tendency to flirt, the staffers who accompanied him to Capitol Hill functions would joke that they had to be on ‘red head patrol to keep him out of trouble,’” Greene’s complaint alleged. “On one occasion, prior to February 2014, during a staff meeting at which [Greene] was in attendance, Farenthold disclosed that a female lobbyist had propositioned him for a ‘threesome.’"
Greene said that after she reported the incident, she was fired. Although she filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, the case was dropped upon reaching a settlement.
Farenthold has said he will reimburse the government for the settlement.
"I'm going to hand a check over this week to Speaker Ryan or somebody," he said Monday.
The House Ethics Committee revealed Thursday that it voted to establish an investigative subcommittee to examine whether Farenthold sexually harassed Greene, discriminated against her, or retaliated against her after she complained about his conduct.