Texas paper's suit over ex-congressman's hiring dismissed

FILE - In a Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, file photo, Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, arrives for a House Committee on the Judiciary oversight hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington. A Texas court has dismissed a local newspaper's lawsuit claiming a state port authority broke a public meetings law when it hired former Congressman Farenthold, who left the House of Representatives in 2018 amid sexual harassment allegations. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

A Texas court has dismissed a local newspaper's lawsuit claiming a state port broke the law by giving a lucrative lobbying job to a former congressman who resigned last year amid sexual harassment allegations

POINT COMFORT, Texas — A Texas court has dismissed a local newspaper's lawsuit claiming a state port authority broke a public meetings law when it hired a former congressman who left the House of Representatives last year amid sexual harassment allegations.

An appeals court ruled Thursday that the Victoria Advocate's suit against the Calhoun Port Authority was rendered moot when Blake Farenthold quit his lucrative lobbying job with the port in January. The paper claimed the port authority did not give proper public notice of the Republican politician's hiring.

An attorney for the Victoria paper, John Griffin, says it views Farenthold's resignation from lobbying as a win, but would have liked the court to address the alleged open meetings violation.

The port authority's director and lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

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