On Tuesday Governor Abbott (R-Texas) issued a Proclamation:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, and after consulting with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, do hereby order an emergency special election to be held in Congressional District 27 on Saturday, June 30, 2018, for the purpose of electing a U.S. Representative for Congressional District 27 to serve out the unexpired term of Blake Farenthold.
In December of 2017 Politico reported that Blake Farenthold a Republican rep from Texas, had used tax pay dollars to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit in the amount of $84,000.00
Shortly after the Politico report Farenthold announced he would not seek re-election he had also promised to pay tax payers back the $84,000.00 used to settle his sexual harassment lawsuit. In April Farenthold resigned from congress, it’s unclear the reason and suddenness of this decision.
On Wednesday a day after Abbott announced his intentions to hold a special election to fill the now vacated congressional seat, he sent a letter to Farenthold:
On behalf of voters in the 27th Congressional District and as Governor of the State of Texas, I am writing to demand that you cover all costs for the called special election to fill the seat now vacated following yourresignation.