Blake Farenthold will not seek re-election in 2018, according to the Nueces County Republican Party Chair Mike Bergsma.
Farenthold intends to serve out the rest of his term, according to Bergsma.
Farenthold confirmed his decision to not seek re-election in a video that was posted on the Facebook page Elect Blake Farenthold.
In the video, Farenthold admits that the culture in his office was at times less than professional.
"I had never served in public office before, I had no idea how to run a congressional office, and as a result, I allowed a workplace culture to take root in my office that was too permissive and decidedly unprofessional," Farenthold said. "It accommodated destructive gossip, offhand comments, off-color jokes and behavior that in general was less than professional."
Farenthold said that he expected a tough primary campaign.
"I expected a tough primary campaign in the months ahead. And the truth is, I was looking forward to it," Farenthold said. "I wanted the opportunity to explain myself and the broken system in Washington that, in many ways, has left me in the position I'm in."
Farenthold said that he wants to be clear that the allegations against him by a former staffer are not true, but he does not want it to get in the way of the campaign.
"I understand fully that this issue has become a political distraction. I would be forced to engage in a month long campaign for personal vindication. That's not why I came to Congress. Quite simply, my constituents deserve better. They deserve a primary campaign that is focused on the serious issues facing our country and our state and fixing a broken system. Therefore, I am announcing my decision not to run for re-election," Farenthold said.
"To the people in the 27th District of Texas, thank you," Farenthold said. "In giving me your vote, you also bestowed your trust in me to do what is best for our country and I thank you for that. God bless you all."
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