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Emails Show Farenthold’s Pursuit of Lobbying Job

Disgraced former Texas congressman landed position shortly after leaving Congress

 Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, appeared to have started angling for a new job within a few weeks of leaving the Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Emails between former Rep. Blake Farenthold and his new employer show the disgraced Texas Republican was angling for a lobbying job shortly after resigning from Congress.

The emails obtained by the Dallas Morning News through an open records request showed Farenthold was pushing for an answer on the lobbying job with the port authority in his former district.

“What’s up with the lawyers?” he asked in one email to Calhoun Port Authority Director Charles Hausmann on April 30. “I’m ready to get work for y’all.”

Earlier this week, Farenthold announced he landed the job he wanted as a legislative liaison for the Port of Port Lavaca-Point Comfort. The goal of the job will be to increase the ports’ “presence and visibility in Washington.”

Farenthold resigned from Congress on April 6 after it was revealed he settled a sexual harassment claim with $84,000 in taxpayer money.

Watch: Farenthold Resigns from Congress

After initially saying he would pay the money back to the federal government, he told ABC New this week that he would not.

The emails show Farenthold began contacting the Calhoun County Port Authority as early as two weeks after he resigned.

“Any luck getting me officially hired today or tomorrow so I can try and work some magic here in Florida?” he wrote in one email to Hausmann.

In a phone call with the Morning News, Farenthold declined to discuss what was the specific situation in Florida. He also said he was a “private citizen now” and “trying to not be a news item anymore.”

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