No Schock Here: Scandal Plagued Republican Congressman Resigns in Ignominy

Aaron Schock

The most unfortunate (current) blight on Illinois politics this side of one-percent Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has finally come to an end. Multiple sources including POLITICO confirmed on St. Patrick’s Day that scandal-ridden Prairie State Representative Aaron Schock of the 18th District had finally shown himself the door.

POLITICO played a high-profile role in the announcement, as Schock’s resignation arrived a mere 12 hours after the website raised questions about tens of thousands of dollars in mileage reimbursements the Republican had claimed for his personal vehicle. Anyone who bet on the 33 year-old former lawmaker getting booted over his lavish Downton Abbey -inspired Congressional office has suffered a major upset.

Writers Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan of POLITCO reported:

“Schock billed the federal government and his campaign for logging roughly 170,000 miles on his personal car from January 2010 through July 2014. But when he sold that Chevrolet Tahoe in July 2014, it had roughly 80,000 miles on the odometer, according to public records obtained by POLITICO under Illinois open records laws. The documents, in other words, indicate he was reimbursed for 90,000 miles more than his car was driven.”

Uh oh. The article continues with the understatement, “The discrepancy added to a growing wave of ethical and legal problems for the 33-year-old politician.” The news is a major blow to a GOP struggling to reinvent its national brand as inclusive, diverse, young and vibrant. The party had considered the fallen congressman one of its rising stars and most successful fundraisers.

It has indeed been a busy winter for political gossip involving Schock. The trouble began in early February amid growing whispers about that aforementioned Downtown Abbey office. On the third of the month, Caitlin Dickson of Yahoo! News recounted an uncomfortable run-in between Schock’s staff and Washington Post reporter Ben Terris, who was initially offered a tour of the lavish workspace:

“For a man who bared his chest on newsstands [Paul Ryan – eat your heart out], the rush to shield Schock’s spectacular office from speculation is puzzling. Perhaps his staff was concerned that Schock’s decision to pay out of pocket for elaborate decorations when the House of Representatives provided him with the basics might be seen as contrasting with his fiscally conservative image.”

Apparently the young lawmaker has learned the hard way that the only way to avoid the fiscal hypocrite label is to, you know, not be one. Schock subsequently repaid the government $40,000 in a limp effort to fend off an ethics investigation. But that crack in the dam morphed into a full blown burst with the latest POLITICO whistle blow.

Naturally the disgraced lawmaker would have us believe that he is the victim, yet another fallen soldier on the “gotcha” journalism battlefield. In a statement formally announcing his resignation, Schock declared, “Constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself…I have always sought to do what’s best for my constituents, and I thank them for the opportunity to serve.”

Schock will remain in office until March 31, which unfortunately gives the people of Illinois two more full weeks of his “high standards.” How much is that going to cost?

23 Replies to “No Schock Here: Scandal Plagued Republican Congressman Resigns in Ignominy”

  1. See this Details article from 2009 (hat tip: McKay Coppins):

    [One] reason Schock has drawn so much attention is what conservatives now refer to, in hushed, reverential tones, as “the Air Force One story.” In February, when Barack Obama traveled to Peoria to stump for the stimulus bill, the president invited the congressman along for the trip, and lobbied him — privately, aboard Air Force One, and then publicly, during a rally at a Caterpillar plant — to vote for the bill. Maybe Obama figured that the freshman congressman would be an easy sell. But the day after the trip, Schock voted against the stimulus package, denouncing it on the House floor as a “skunk.” In doing so, Schock became a GOP folk hero — a conservative Cool Hand Luke who looked Obama in the eye and didn’t blink. “That was a true test of character,” says John Shimkus, one of Schock’s fellow Republican representatives from Illinois, “and Aaron passed it with flying colors.”
    http://www.details.com/culture-trends/news-and-politics/200904/aaron-schock-is-the-youngest-member-of-congress

  2. I wonder how many times this guy voted against food stamp,Veterans benefits,etc. while all the time he was living high of the hog on tax payers money?? Typical G.O.P asshole.

  3. This is what Issa and Boehner should have been investigating, not Hilary emails, Benghazi, the IRS…..but this right here. Politico, which is right leaning squealed on him. This should have been nipped in the bud when the discrepancies first became apparent, but the Republicans were to busy investigating scandals that only existed in their heads

  4. It makes you wonder. When the rethugs are tilting at windmills at some emails they brought out the long knifes on doofus so your very question would never be brought up

  5. Schock is fast and furiously trying to get himself out of hot water.mhis office has said he’s refunding ALL travel expenses since first taking office, lol.

  6. And of course the “big bad liberal media’ will get blamed by the CONservatives for hounding him out of office.

  7. And the Fox Nation will never hear a word of it. “That nice boy who reminds me of Liberace had to quit his job because the Liberal Media harassed him!”

  8. But of course! Republicans talk a good talk about “taking personal responsibility”, but that’s advice for the poor and oppressed, not for the wealthy and well-connected and never for a Neo-Confederate posing as a Republican.

  9. Last month it was Scalise. this month it’s Schock. Next month…?????

    I think I see a pattern here – ‘dipwick of the month gets gutted.’

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  13. What pisses me off is that GOP/TPers will find out about Schock’s expensive tastes paid for with our tax dollars and will still defend him. Where morals are concerned, they are beyond saving. Their morals mean nothing to them if they like someone/thing.

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