Rep. Aaron Schock Caves In and Will Step Down March 31
Matt | On 18, Mar 2015
The yellow brick road of taxpayer-funded blessings has come to a crashing end for Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).
The lawmaker who has been embroiled in scandal since at least early February decided to call it quits and step down at the end of this month. If you recall, he’s the Congressman who will forever live in infamy as decorating his House office in the style of Downton Abbey — the famously British drama airing on PBS.
Since that well-decorated reveal happened this year, more information has surfaced about Schock. The latest information reported by POLITICO was that he received taxpayer reimbursements for 90,000 miles on his car that were never driven. He sold his Chevrolet Tahoe with 80,000 miles, but charged taxpayers for 170,000 total miles driven on the car — hence, the 90,000 mile discrepancy. There were also other questions about travel for staffers, expensive trips, additional reimbursements, and private jet flights.
“[T]he 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,” Schock said in a statement on Tuesday.
Mind you, he just gave a press conference on March 6 [see video] explaining himself and apologizing to his constituents. By that point, he retained the services of two lawyers and a public relations firm to help clean up his image.
To me, it seems as if there was something deeper and more pressing that made Schock step down — not that he really needed anything else to add to the story. It was as if someone knew something big and they would soon reveal it to the world. Some say it was the rumors that the anti-gay Schock might actually like the fellas. Others think there was news more misappropriation of funds coming down the pike and it was all too much for his public image.
Schock was clearly lying to himself and his staff and never thought reporters would go after him in this way. But, with a pending House Ethics investigation, it was about to get even hotter for him. MSNBC explored the issue Tuesday night on The Rachel Maddow Show [see video] saying that the Federal Election Commission and/or the Justice Department could also get involved even after Schock leaves office.
I hope all those private jet flights and expensive trips were worth it, Aaron! Good riddance. Damn…