Apr 25, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Texas Governor wants Farenthold to cover cost of special election

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R).

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R). Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is demanding former Congressman Blake Farenthold to "cover all costs" of the June 30 special election to fill the seat he left vacant upon his resignation earlier this month amid scrutiny over a 2015 settlement he made with his former communications director who claimed he sexually harassed her the year prior.

The details: In a letter sent Wednesday, the Republican governor urged Farenthold to pay back the $84,000 in taxpayer funds used to settle the claim "to the counties in [his] district to cover the costs of the ... special election," adding that "the counties and taxpayers ... should not again pay the price for your actions.”

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