Viewers across the Coastal Bend spoke with 3News following Farenthold's announcement Thursday. Many were out running errands during the day when they heard the news.
"I like Blake, and I think he's doing a good job and I think it's way overblown with what's going on with this stuff," a bystander said.
That "stuff" they were referring to was the news of the sexual harassment lawsuit that was settled with taxpayer money.
"I worked around men all my life. Pretty normal conversation. Maybe he said it in a wrong way, but I don't see it," a viewer said. "I think he should go ahead and run. I don't think he's done nothing wrong."
Some said despite weeks of speculation about whether or not he would remain in office, they were shocked that Farenthold is retiring.
"He's done a lot for veterans and I think he's done a decent job while he's been in office," a bystander said.
"I worked with his wife during the Wimberley floods and rescues," another viewer said. "From what I know of them, they are really good people, so that really does surprise me."
Others said it has been a long time coming, and that they were surprised Farenthold hadn't already gotten the boot.
"I sent him an email on his website about the allegations and I said, 'Do the right thing,'" a viewer said. "'You should resign immediately.'"
"Everybody should be held accountable for their actions and I'm glad he's stepping up to the plate and doing what's best for everybody," another viewer said.