Michael Bergsma, chairperson of the Nueces County Republican Party, supported Farenthold in past elections. He said he's disappointed that Farenthold will not seek the seat again.

"He's been a fine congressman," Bergsma said. "Infrastructure has been a good example of it, and his support for pro-life issues has been a good example of it. His support for the military. And he's been working his way up in Congress. He's on the Transportation Committee. We're going to miss that, and it's a shame."

Bergsma said he believes another Republican will be elected to replace Farenthold -- one who shares similar conservative views -- to support South Texas.

Even Speaker of the House Paul Ryan commented on Farenthold's announcement Thursday.

"I had a couple conversations with Blake Farenthold," Ryan said. "He's making the right decision to retire. There are new stories -- very disconcerting, unacceptable behavior alleged in the stories -- and he made the right decision. He will be leaving Congress. That reflects on the conversations we had."

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