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Emails raise questions about ex-Texas congressman, new job

August 19, 2018

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — Records show that a former Texas congressman had tried steering a federal contract to the owner of a business who gave him a $160,000-a-year job after the congressman resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.

Emails published Sunday by The Victoria Advocate show that former Rep. Blake Farenthold arranged a 2015 meeting between the Army Corps of Engineers and the owner of a dredging company called RLB Contracting.

The owner, Randy Boyd, is also the elected chairman of the Calhoun Port Authority. Boyd directed the port board to hire Farenthold as a lobbyist in May, a month after the congressman resigned.

The Victoria Advocate is suing the port over allegations of violating open meetings laws when it hired Farenthold.

Farenthold said in a deposition that his favor for Boyd wasn’t exceptional.


Information from: The Victoria Advocate, http://www.victoriaadvocate.com

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