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The BLAKE Act Might Not Apply to its Worthless Namesake Blake Farenthold

Last week, Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., introduced the Bad Lawmakers Accountability and Key Emends Act (the “BLAKE”) named after former Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold who used $160,000 in taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit and then resigned from Congress with a pledge to pay the money back.  The taxpayers are still waiting on the corpulent congressman to make good on that one.

The BLAKE Act would prevent former members of Congress from federal lobbying if they fail to repay taxpayer money used to settle litigation.  While commendable, the BLAKE Act comes a bit late. New legislation has already ended the prior practice of using taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment claims.  Members of Congress must now use their own money (please don’t laugh) and no longer have access to the funds that the free-handed Farenthold used to settle claims against him.

But even the BLAKE Act would not apply to the bawdy Blake because in his current position he is not legally classified as a lobbyist even though it would seem he has no other useful skills.  You see, Fats Farenthold was hired by the Calhoun Port Authority as  a “legislative liaison” and because he is a Texas state employee he is not required to register as a lobbyist.  The loophole would be just big enough for the bulky Blake to slip through.

And just what exactly the frolicking Farenthold was hired to do has become the subject of some interest. The Victoria Advocate is on the story.   According to reporting in the VA, it seems BF’s main job may have been to attempt to steer government contracts towards a private company owned by Calhoun Port Authority Chairman Randy Boyd.  Good work if you can get it at the rate of $160,000 per year.

 

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Blake Farenthold Can’t Decide if He is Bothered by Rape

Rep. Blake Farenthold (TP-Texas) can’t exactly decide whether or not a fondness for rape is really a disqualification for higher office.   MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked Farenthold if he would un-endorse Trump if a tape emerged of him saying “I really like to rape women.”  Farenthold’s immediate response:

“That would be bad. I’d have to consider it.But again, we’re talking about what Donald Trump said 10 years ago as opposed to what Hillary Clinton has done in the past two or three years.”

When asked again, BF was equally equivocal.  “It depends. You don’t know the context.”

Red wonders how anyone can have the slightest doubt about what their reaction to this question would be.  BF’s instinctive response probably reveals his true thoughts.  It’s okay to like rape if you’re politically aligned with me and my Tea Party supporters and I think that rocking the Trump boat in the slightest way might be damaging to my political career.  Then the reality of his own stupidity must have set in.  Running for cover, BR later took to Twitter to apologize for his “failure to immediately condemn anyone who would say something as outrageous as they like raping women.” But unwanted groping and fondling is still okay.