Skip to comments.Star GOP Congressman Finances Lavish Life with Taxpayer Money (Aaron Schock)
Posted on 03/13/2015 10:03:13 AM PDT by jazusamo
A popular Illinois congressman once considered a rising star in the Republican party is in deep trouble for reportedly using taxpayer money to fund an extravagant lifestyle that includes stays at luxurious hotels, world travel, expensive cars and private jet rides to concerts and pro sporting events.
The lawmakers name is Aaron Schock and hes only 33, but hes a seasoned politician who should have known better than to use public funds as a personal piggy bank. For six years hes represented a working-class district in Peoria, Illinois in the U.S. House. One national media report says he had a meteoric rise from a local school board to one of the top fundraisers in the House Republican Conference. But this month the congressman was forced to hire a crisis communications firm and two prominent defense attorneys. In a biting editorial, his hometown newspaper blasts him for ripping off taxpayers to fund five-star lodging and fancy dining with celebrities across the globe, from London to Saudi Arabia to an exclusive golf course in Maryland
Schock also blew $40,000 from public coffers to redecorate his office, sold his home to a wealthy donor for a price well above market rate, failed to report gifts from a lavish European trip and spent more than $10,000 on a weekend getaway to New York with a few staffers, according to recent news reports. The congressman and his staff didnt perform many official duties on the costly New York jaunt, according to a Chicago newspaper that broke the story. Instead, they schmoozed it up with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Schock shamelessly used the occasion to raise his profile. At least 10 Schock House staffers were on the taxpayer-funded New York trip, the story says.
It seems like every day another Schock transgression gets uncovered. At the very least he has committed a number of serious ethical lapses that should draw congressional scrutiny and negatively impact his 2016 reelection campaign. His district is solidly Republican and some conservatives are already calling for his ouster. This week a conservative news magazine called Schock a crook and wrote that his penchant for taxpayer-financed luxury hotels and private aircraft is flatly incompatible with both his conservative rhetoric and the political presumptions of a free nation. The lashing goes on: If his behavior is any guide, the man believes that the people of Illinoiss 18th congressional district have hired him to serve not as a dull public servant but as their very own nationalized celebrity. They have not.
In another hard-hitting piece, the editor of a well-known conservative Capitol Hill news site lambasts the congressman: Rep. Aaron Schock has proven himself incapable of handling his own money, the money of his donors, and taxpayer money. He has lived excessively off the backs of taxpayers who must be reimbursed and off of donors to whom he is now a servant. Dismissing Schock as a celebrity who lack[s] the necessary integrity to handle the power of the purse, Erickson suggested his next career move: Perhaps Downton Abbey needs someone else to fill the role of an American playboy chasing a Crawley.
Just what does he think he is, A democrat?
It sure looks like it.
Is this twit a Boner Boy? I hope so.
Evidently Repubs are not immune from the Chicago Way.
Gray Bar Motel time.
IIRC, isn’t Schock the one who is thought to be gay?
Not married, flamboyant, loves to be photographed with his shirt off and dresses like this:
You tell me.
I’ve seen it mentioned here on past threads.
Wait, a crooked politician from Illinois?
Say it ain’t so!
Good night, even a gaydar built in the 1950s would register that.
I live in Illinois, and I heard that Rep. Schock might be gay.
I hope he’ll lose his next primary to a conservative because he wants to give amnesty to illegal aliens.
Name any hack in D.C. who doesn’t do the same they all are in office for the money and don’t have to work.
This narcissist frat boy needs to be cut loose, ASAP.
He should be arrested for impersonating Moochie Obama.
A career politician at age 33? I would be shocked if he wasn’t a crook.
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