3News spoke with Blake Farenthold Wednesday about calls for his immediate resignation even though he has decided not to seek reelection.

Critics have said that the allegations of verbal and sexual misconduct combined with the secretive payout of $84,000 in taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit merits his immediate ouster.

"The district needs representation right now," Farenthold said. "If I were to leave now, there would be nobody to fight for Harvey relief that we need. The widening and deepening of the Port, and other issues. We can't leave the area unrepresented."

While Farenthold declined to endorse or take a position on any of the Republicans currently running to replace him. Farenthold said it is essential to have someone who has lived here long enough to understand the issues that affect the area.

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