>> An unprofessional work environment is not a crime, but it's embarrassing to me and to my family.>> Texas Congressman, Blake Farenthold, on Thursday, announced he will not run for re-election. In a Facebook post, Farenthold admitted that he allowed an unprofessional culture to flourish in his Capitol Hill office.
But denied allegations of sexual harassment by former staffers.>> The charges that were made are false. In spite of this, I understand fully that this issue has become a political distraction. Quite simply, my constituents deserve better. They deserve a primary campaign that's focused on the serious issues facing our country.
Therefore, I'm announcing my decision not to run for re-election.>> The 55 year old Republican's statement comes a week after the House Ethics Committee said it was investigating him. Over allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Reuters has not been able to independently verify the accusations.>> For more information.
>> Farenthold said he was a novice when he came to Washington for his first term in 2011, unprepared for his new responsibilities.>> And I allowed 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.
And for that situation, I am profoundly sorry.>> House Speaker, Paul Ryan, says he spoke with Farenthold on Wednesday, and agrees with his decision to retire.>> There are new stories that are very disconcerting. Unacceptable behavior has been alleged in those stories.>> According to a statement from Farenthold's office.
The Congressman reached a confidential mediated aggreement in 2015 with his former communications director. Who had filed a lawsuit accusing him of creating a hostile work environment, gender discrimination, and retaliation.>> I'm resolved of the coming days and