Republican Party reacts to Farenthold's announcement

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.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - 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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