Shocker! Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican Congressman from Texas who was recently outed as the owner of the dirty domain name, is facing a lawsuit from a former employee who claims he created a hostile workplace filled with gender discrimination and inappropriate sexual comments.

Lauren Greene, who worked for Farenthold from February 2013 through her termination in July 2014, cited a number of incidents of sexually-charged misconduct in a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court last week.

Greene’s complaint paints a picture of a man-child who couldn’t keep his sexual comments and behavior to himself — so his staff was tasked with keeping him in line. She claimed that Farenthold “regularly drank to excess, and because of his tendency to flirt, the staffers who accompanied him to Capitol Hill functions would joke that they had to be on ‘red head patrol’ to keep him out of trouble.” When she observed that Farenthold seemed to be avoiding her during part of her employment period, his executive assistant, Emily Wilkes allegedly told her “that Farenthold had admitted to being attracted to Plaintiff and to having ‘sexual fantasies’ and ‘wet dreams’ about Plaintiff.”

He even allegedly bragged to her about his invitation to a threesome with a lobbyist. (Which, aside from the grossness of the proposition, also raises some serious ethics questions.) Also: Yuck. Just yuck.

The lawsuit also details an alleged “hostile work environment” created by Farenthold’s chief of staff, Bob Haueter. This is also not the first time that Haueter has been accused of sexist behavior. In May, 2012, during his work on Representative Buck McKeon’s campaign, when he was accused of sexist behavior and dishonesty towards SCTV when helping McKeon avoid a debate.

Greene claims Haueter threatened to send her home once because “he could see Plaintiff’s nipples through her shirt.” When she complained to the congressman, she claims he told her to “stand up for herself.” She says she was fired a month later.

According to The Texas Observer, late-night visits to bars on the campaign trail in 2010 earned Rep. Farenthold the “Crunked” and “Bender” badges on Foursquare. He’s also a perfect example of the Tea Party’s influence to instill the “do-nothing value” into Congress:

“For congressmen like Farenthold, a conservative Republican and member of the House Tea Party Caucus, lawmaking is largely a sideshow. Farenthold came in on the tea party wave of 2010, edging the Democratic incumbent by a mere 800 votes. Gerrymandering by the Texas Legislature gave him a much more Republican district to run in and he coasted in 2012 with 57 percent of the vote. This year, his Democratic opponent is not expected to pose much of a challenge.

Now in his second term serving Texas’ 27th District—a large scrap of South Texas that ranges from Farenthold’s hometown of Corpus Christi up the coast toward Houston—Farenthold has settled into a routine where distraction is just part of the job.

In four years, Farenthold has passed one bill and if he’s known outside his district—where more than one out of five lacks health insurance and 23 percent of kids live in poverty—it’s probably because Bill Maher recently made him the target of his “Flip a District” segment.”

A closeted birther-theorist who has, in the past, called to impeach Obama, Farenthold made headlines in 2010 during his run for Congress when an image of him partying with scantily-clad women was published on a Texas night life website called the Crush Girls. The image was widely ridiculed and circulated, but Texas is Texas, and Republicans just love their “boys will be boys” mantra  — so he still managed to win his seat in Congress.

image of Farenthold on magazine cover with scantily clad woman
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By Hypatia Livingston

"Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all."Writer, thinker, researcher, philosopher.

12 thoughts on “Congressman Who Owns Pervy Domain Name Accused Of Sexual Harassment”
  1. Well I definitely would not want to work for this guy. I don’t understand why individuals that are in higher positions always seem to be the ones who try to get away with everything. If they aren’t secretly taking money or doing other illegal activites, they are treating others with no respect. And is anyone else wondering what is going on with his shirt in that photo? Rubber duckies, really?

    1. I have to agree with you. This guy sounds like he’s a piece of work. I can’t believe that his coworkers have to keep an eye on him when he is out during public events. What were they thinking when they elected him into Congress?

    2. So true. I am so thankful that I have never worked for anyone like this. What a total loser this guy is. Anyone that owns a website with that name would not surprise me with anything.

    3. I think it comes down to “money talking” and he was “walking”. Anytime you get some money involved things just go away quicker than they would for a normal person. If that happened to someone I know I doubt they would be walking away anytime soon.

  2. Is anyone else’s skin crawling, or is it just me? What a vile, toad of a man. Still, this doesn’t surprise me. Seems the party that most wants to repress everyone else are the biggest closeted perverts. Yuck.

  3. With all of the bad stuff set on the side, does anyone else think this domain name is funny? I mean, even from a reseller point of view he could have snagged the name and wanted to turn around and flip it for cash (people do this all the time). I don’t think discrimination in any sense should be considered a good thing but the domain name is still hilarious to me. How many times have you wanted to tell someone to bugger off? He has the domain for it!

    1. Really? With all of the other dirt-bags that we have seen over the years. I am surprised there is not a secret nomination for some of these loons. Please be a perv or something else that is totally horrible and degrading towards citizens. Yes? Your hired!

  4. I don’t know this guy from a hole in the ground, so not sure about all the facts. What I read here doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. He can have whatever domain he wants – it’s legal. And he didn’t harass someone, his subordinate supposedly did. Although, I don’t see the guy telling the woman to go home to be a bad thing, if her nipples were showing like he said.

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