This story on Farenthold is certain to spark calls for him to resign.
Former aide also says Farenthold regularly called aides “fucktards.” Farenthold acknowledged to CNN today that this is true, and that it was “in jest, not in anger.” “In hindsight, I admit it wasn't appropriate.”
NEW: Former senior aide to Rep. Farenthold shared with CNN new details of vulgar & abusive behavior from the congressman, and he has reached out to House Ethics Committee to cooperate with its investigation.
The rarity of this story - the corroborating on-record is coming from a man who observed it.
“[Farenthold] acknowledged that he regularly referred to aides as ‘f**ktards,’ but that it was ‘in jest, not in anger.’”
NEW: Former senior aide shares graphic & vulgar details about Rep. Blake Farenthold's "verbally abusive and sexually demeaning" behavior
Exclusive: A former senior aide to Rep. Blake Farenthold describes new details of the congressman's abusive behavior, including sexually graphic jokes to berating aides, that led to physical and emotional distress
Ex-Farenthold aide says the congressman’s behavior ranged from making sexually graphic jokes to berating aides (calling them ‘f*cktards’)—bullying that led the ex-aide to seek medical treatment and psychological counseling; once caused him to vomit daily.
Mike Rekola told me he has heard from a number of female friends and colleagues in recent days, encouraging him to share his story about Farenthold.
Mike Rekola’s decision to speak out about Farenthold makes him a rare male staffer to come forward with charges on the Hill. “Anyone, not just women, can suffer from either a hostile work environment, bullying or sexual harassment," he told me.
Farenthold was long viewed as an oafish clod, but this jaw-dropper reveals him as something much worse
Blake has gotta go right along with Franken.
There is no excuse. I don’t care what kind of backroom deals and taxpayer-funded settlements made to keep his job. He’s gotta go. Now.
“A former senior aide to Rep. Blake Farenthold has approached the House Ethics Committee to share a damning account of working for the Texas Republican, with the intent of describing the congressman as verbally abusive and sexually demeaning.”
A former male staffer for Rep. Blake Farenthold shares details of the congressman's inappropriate behavior
Blake Farenthold “acknowledged that he regularly referred to aides as ‘f**ktards’”
“[Rep. Fahrenthold] acknowledged that he regularly referred to aides as ‘f**ktards,’ but that it was ‘in jest, not in anger.’”
Let's take a moment to reflect: The most powerful legislative body on the planet set it itself up to make it impossible for public servants like this man to confront office-wide abuse by a lawmaker
Blake Farenthold regularly referred to aides as "fucktards," but he says it was "in jest, not in anger"
Rep. Blake Farenthold's treatment of a former aide was so abusive that it literally made him sick. (powerful report by )
These are lawmakers. Republican (“family values”) to boot. There are some 40 more that will apparently be exposed soon via US media. The rot of patriarchy #USA
Farenthold: "He acknowledged that he regularly referred to aides as 'f**ktards,' but that it was 'in jest, not in anger.'"
"In hindsight, I admit it wasn't appropriate." (Calling aides "f--ktards")
"He acknowledged that he regularly referred to aides as "f**ktards," but that it was "in jest, not in anger."