State Rep. Abel Herrero released a statement Thursday calling on Congressman Blake Farenthold to resign effective immediately.

Herrero's statement comes on the heels of an announcement by Farenthold Thursday morning that he will not be seeking re-election in 2018 due to the ongoing controversy surrounding allegations of sexual harassment.

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“Given the growing number of allegations against Congressman Blake Farenthold, I urge him to resign effective immediately from his position as Representative of U.S. House District 27," Herrero's statement reads. "He has used $84,000 of taxpayer funds to silence the accusations of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment. Moreover, he is now embroiled in an official ongoing sexual harassment investigation. Because the people of District 27 do, in his own words, “deserve better”, they deserve it now. In the people’s best interest, Rep. Farenthold should relinquish his seat immediately, reimburse taxpayers, and make way for a congressional member who will make Texas proud.”

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