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Dogged By Sexual Misconduct Claims, Farenthold Slogs Ahead in Texas
Texas GOP delegation remains tight-lipped about support of congressman’s fifth-term bid

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, has carried on his re-election campaign amid a sexual misconduct controversy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Blake Farenthold signaled Monday he intends to slog ahead with his re-election campaign against the storm of sexual misconduct claims against him, the Texas Tribune reported.

The fourth-term Lone Star State Republican, 56, will face a crowded GOP primary to keep his 27th District seat, with five challengers declaring they’ll take him on.

Exclusive: Taxpayers Paid $220K to Settle Case Involving Rep. Alcee Hastings
Former commission staffer alleged sexual harassment by Florida Democrat

Florida Rep. Alcee L. Hastings was accused of sexual misconduct by a former staff member of the Helsinki Commission. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Treasury Department paid $220,000 in a previously undisclosed agreement to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment that involved Florida Democrat Alcee L. Hastings, according to documents obtained by Roll Call.

Winsome Packer, a former staff member of a congressional commission that promotes international human rights, said in documents that the congressman touched her, made unwanted sexual advances, and threatened her job. At the time, Hastings was the chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, where Packer worked.

Former Sherman Aide Accused of Sexual Assault
Matt Dababneh, now a California assemblyman, worked as aide to Sherman from 2005 to 2013

Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., speaks to constituents during a town hall meeting hosted by state Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, a former Sherman aide, in Van Nuys in February. Dababneh is accused of performing a lewd act in front of a lobbyist last year. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

A former aide to Rep. Brad Sherman who is currently a California state assemblyman is being accused of sexual assault

Matt Dababneh is being accused by lobbyist Pamela Lopez, who said Dababneh sexually assaulted her in a Las Vegas bathroom in 2016, The Associated Press reported.

Report: Farenthold to Pay Back Money for Sexual Harassment Settlement

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, said he plans to pay the federal government for money it paid to settle a sexual harassment claim against him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Rep. Blake Farentholdtold a local news outlet he would pay the government back for a settlement for sexual harassment claim.

The Republican lawmaker told KRIS 6 News that was doing so even though the Office of Congressional Ethics cleared him of any wrongdoing.

Bipartisan Group Wants to End Taxpayer Money for Harassment Settlements
Members led by Rep. Ron Desantis also aim to disclose settlements dating back to 1995

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., is interviewed by a TV news crew outside of the House chamber. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A bipartisan group of members announced legislation that would end the practice of using taxpayer money to settle claims of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.

Republican Reps. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn were joined by Democratic Reps. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Jim Cooper also of Tennessee and Kathleen Rice of New York. 

Hill Sexual Harassment Accuser No-Shows Press Event
M. Reese Everson planned to name sitting member of Congress

Capitol dome. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 12:45 p.m. | A woman prepared to reveal the name of a member of Congress who allegedly sexually harassed her pulled out of a Wednesday press conference.

M. Reese Everson was scheduled to speak at a Holiday Inn hotel in Rosslyn, Virginia, but right before the press conference lobbyist Jack Burkman said she would not give an appearance.

Poll: Democrats Think Conyers Should Resign, Less Sure About Franken
Most Republicans think both should step down amid sexual misconduct allegations

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Most Democrats think Rep. John Conyers Jr. should resign from the seat he has held for 52 years, a new national poll found.

Fifty-two percent of those who identified as Democrats in an Economist/YouGov poll released Wednesday said the Michigan Democrat should step down after allegations that he sexually harassed employees surfaced last week.

Opinion: Ethics Committee Investigation for Harassment Is Not ‘Zero Tolerance’
Referring sexual misconduct allegations to panel is as good as doing nothing

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s touting of the Ethics Committee was more disturbing than her defense of Rep. John Conyers Jr. on “Meet the Press,” Murphy writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi had a profoundly terrible appearance Sunday on “Meet the Press,” when, among other things, she defended Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving Democrat in the House, in the face of multiple sexual harassment allegations against him from former female staffers.

First, Pelosi made a call for due process, which is always important, of course. But then she got into the weeds. “Just because someone is accused — and was it one accusation? Is it two?” she said to NBC’s Chuck Todd. “I think there has to be — John Conyers is an icon in our country. He has done a great deal to protect women.”

Lawyer Wants Conyers to Release Accuser From Confidentiality Agreement
Lisa Bloom says Conyers is free to discuss case in public while woman who settled harassment claim cannot

Attorney Lisa Bloom caught heat from feminists when she briefly represented producer Harvey Weinstein against allegations of sexual harassment and assault. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images file photo)

In the court of public opinion, Rep. John Conyers Jr. has a leg up on the woman with whom he settled over sexual harassment claims in 2015, the woman’s lawyer said.

While Conyers can publicly defend himself and deny the accusations swirling around him, his accuser must hold her tongue, bound to silence through a one-way confidentiality agreement, Lisa Bloom told CNN on Monday.

Conyers Must Resign, Top Detroit Newspaper Says
‘A tragic end to Conyers’ public career, but a needed warning that this can never be tolerated’

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., walks down the House steps after voting in the Capitol on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The most widely read print and digital media outlet in Michigan has called for hometown Rep. John Conyers Jr. to resign.

John Conyers Jr. must go — after 53 years in Congress, after a stellar career of fighting for equality, after contributing so much to southeast Michigan and the nation,” the Detroit Free Press editorialized Tuesday.