Politics Worthless conservative shithead Aaron Schock forced to resign

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  1. Ving

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    Another closeted gay republican crook bites the dust. He decked out his office like Downton Abbey :backlol2:

    Stern related because John Hein and Booey watch Downton Abbey.



    Aaron Schock resigns after new questions about mileage expenses

    By Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan

    3/17/15 2:08 PM EDT

    Updated 3/17/15 3:55 PM EDT

    Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock resigned Tuesday, less than 12 hours after POLITICO raised questions about tens of thousands of dollars in mileage reimbursements he received for his personal vehicle.

    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.


    The discrepancy added to a growing wave of ethical and legal problems for the 33-year-old politician.

    “[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 surprise statement on Tuesday. “I have always sought to do what’s best for my constituents, and I thank them for the opportunity to serve.”

    His office didn’t immediately comment on the mileage issues.

    Schock’s resignation marks a swift downfall of one of the GOP’s most promising young stars and prolific fundraisers. The former state legislator was elected to Congress in 2008 and shot through the ranks of the House GOP. At one point gracing the cover of Men’s Health magazine, he was a fresh face in a party eager to modernize its image.

    But as his prominence grew Schock adopted an expensive lifestyle — stays in luxury hotels, dining at pricey restaurants, flights on private jets. Mounting questions about how he paid for it eventually caught up with him.

    The congressman’s vehicle history was pieced together from dozens of pages of Illinois vehicle records.

    When Schock transferred the SUV to an Illinois dealership in 2014, it had 81,860 miles on the odometer, the documents show. However, from January 2010 to the end of July 2014, he billed the federal government for 123,131 miles on his personal vehicle. During the same period, the Republican billed his “Schock for Congress” campaign account and GOP Generation Y Fund, his leadership political action committee, for an additional 49,388 miles.

    Altogether, Schock sought reimbursement for 172,520 miles on his car, despite the fact that he signed documents that certified the vehicle traveled less than half that distance.

    Schock had no other vehicles registered in his name at the time, according to state public records. Multiple sources familiar with his office operations say he only drove the Tahoe during this period.


    In November 2009, less than a year after Schock took his seat in Congress, the lawmaker bought the 2010 Tahoe from Green Chevrolet in Peoria. The dealership is owned by Jeff Green, a contributor to Schock who has flown the congressman around his district in his airplane and helicopter.

    When Schock purchased the new car, it had four miles on it, according to publicly available automobile transaction documents.

    On July 19, 2014, Schock transferred the car back to Green Chevrolet with 81,860 miles on it, according to a transfer document that Schock signed.

    On that same day in 2014, Schock bought a black 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe with 10 miles on it. Schock’s campaign spent nearly $75,000 on the car, according to campaign filings, but the congressman registered the car in his own name. The SUV sports congressional license plates with the number “18” — the number of Schock’s congressional district.

    Between 2010 and 2014, the government mileage reimbursements requests were filed by Schock on a near-monthly basis. Members of Congress and staffers are permitted to bill the government and campaign for use of a personal vehicle, and, generally speaking, do not have to keep logs to record the miles they drive.

    When asked about the mileage several weeks ago, Schock’s office said the congressman spends a lot of time in automobiles and chartering private jets between events in his central Illinois district. His office also raised the possibility that staffers were driving his vehicle and weren’t sure if it was permissible under the rules.

    During the past month, Schock repaid the government $40,000 after spending money from his official office budget to redecorate his office to resemble the set of PBS’s “Downton Abbey,” an English historical drama. He also reimbursed taxpayers more than $1,200 after using his office account to pay to fly on a private plane to a Chicago Bears football game.

    Separately, on a campaign-finance document, Schock labeled the cost of a November flight on a private plane as a software purchase. He has failed to report trips abroad, as required. And he held a fundraiser at a golf course without reporting paying for its use.

    In an interview with POLITICO last week in Peoria, Schock could not say with certainty that he had not broken the law.

    “I certainly hope not,” Schock said. The Illinois Republican added that he was not an attorney, and therefore could not know whether he broke the law or ethics rules. Schock also declined to directly answer whether he had accepted improper gifts as a member of Congress.

    News reports by POLITICO and the Chicago Sun-Times raised a series of questions about Schock’s spending and record-keeping. The Office of Congressional Ethics opened an investigation of the lawmaker on Feb. 28 and has begun contacting his associates about appearing before the independent panel behind closed doors. The OCE probe —and any potential Ethics Committee investigation —will disappear with Schock’s resignation. However, federal law enforcement could still look into Schock’s actions. Schock has two attorneys, former Federal Election Commission commissioner Don McGahn and criminal defense attorney William McGinley, both of Jones Day. Ron Bonjean and Brian Walsh, two longtime GOP communications aides, are handling his press strategy.

    Schock will remain in Congress until March 31.


    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/aaron-schock-resigns-116153.html#ixzz3UfvgDd2y
     
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    Schock’s fall
    Mounting legal and ethical problems consumed the Illinois Republican over the past two months.

    By Nick Gass

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    Feb. 2 - The Washington Post reports on Schock’s “Downton Abbey”-inspired office in the Rayburn House Office Building, featuring pheasant feathers and a bust of home-state President Abraham Lincoln.
    Feb. 9 - Following the Post report and another revelation from USA Today, POLITICO details Schock’s lavish—but legal—spending at pricey hotels in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Miami Beach and other posh destinations for campaign purposes.
    “In addition to staying at expensive hotels, Schock also has spent more than $90,000 in campaign dollars on private air charters, an unusually high sum for a rank-and-file member of the House,” POLITICO reported at the time.
    Feb. 10 - Schock launches his own internal review of tens of thousands of dollars in reimbursements he received for using his official vehicle. POLITICO reports that he has received approximately $1,000 in “private auto mileage” reimbursements from his monthly congressional allowance.
    Feb. 24 - Schock brings on two prominent Washington defense lawyers and a public relations firm to battle the brewing controversy over his use of campaign and official accounts to pay for expensive travel and lodging accommodations.
    His office declined to answer when asked about a 2011 trip to London in which he stayed at a five-star hotel where the cheapest room went for $500 per night. Documents obtained by POLITICO also showed he was scheduled to visit expensive clothing stores and dined at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
    Feb. 26 - It comes out that the Illinois lawmaker never disclosed receiving dinner or drinks during the London trip, POLITICO reports.
    Feb. 27 - Schock suspends fundraising events.
    The same day, POLITICO reports that Schock spent nearly $15,000 in government money for private flights between October and December.
    March 1 - The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Schock used taxpayer money to fly from Peoria to Chicago for a Bears game the previous November.
    March 6 - More details about Schock’s international spending surface, as some in his circle and the House Republican Conference fear the Illinois lawmaker could face an Ethics Committee investigation. He holds a news conference but does not alert the national media.
    March 9 - POLITICO finds that Schock misreported his payment for the private flight from Peoria to Chicago for the Bears game, indicating the more than $3,000 as a software expenditure. In reality, the $3,000 was a deposit in addition to the $10,000 that Schock previously disclosed that he was billed for the flight, said Keith Sillats, the chief technology officer for Bytelogics.
    March 11 - POLITICO asks the congressman in his home district whether he thought he had broken any rules or federal regulations. “Well, I certainly hope not,” Schock said. “I’m not an attorney.”
    March 16 - Investigators from the Office of Congressional Ethics start reaching out to people in Schock’s circle.
    March 16 - POLITICO asks Schock about tens of thousands of dollars in questionable mileage reimbursements.
    March 17 - Schock announces his resignation, effective March 31.
     
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    Thanks Obamacare
     
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    What's "closed gay" mean?
     
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    It would be great if he actually did drive 170,000 miles and was entitled to the reimbursement, but rolled back the odometer to get a better trade in.
     
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    Not so Schocking....
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    It means he wearing three pairs of underwear.
     
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    Show me a straight man who decks out his office like Downton Abbey. You can't be in your homophobic party of teabagger idiots while being out of the closet.
     
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    He's not "open" for business....o_O
     
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    Aaron Schock Is Either Gay Or In The Closet, Mario Cantone Claims On 'The View'
    The Huffington Post | By Curtis M. Wong

    Out comedian Mario Cantone believes Republican Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois is either gay or in the closet.

    The "Sex and the City" star made the claims about Schock in an installment of "The View" this week during a discussion about a Politico piece titled "The Secret History of Women in the Senate," which reported that the U.S. Senate's swimming pool had once been off limits to women because male senators enjoyed swimming nude.

    Overhead monitors cut to a shirtless Men's Health photograph of Schock, who has a severe anti-gay voting record, after which "View" co-host Nicolle Wallace remarked that the congressman's presence might make the swimming pool more inviting.

    'If he’s a Democrat, he’s gay," Cantone shot back. "If he’s a Republican, he’s in the closet. Come on, look at him!'

    As a 2009 Details profile pointed out, Schock has been dogged by speculation over his sexuality for years, even though he has repeatedly stated that he is straight. In 2012, he shrugged off the rumors in an interview with HuffPost Gay Voices Editor-At-Large Michelangelo Signorile, saying questions about his sexuality were "completely ridiculous and inappropriate.”

    Still, in January 2014, journalist Itay Hod sparked a social media firestorm after he appeared to out the congressman on Facebook.

    Hod, who has appeared on CBS and LOGO, did not specifically name Schock in the post, but nonetheless referenced "a certain GOP congressman, let's just say from Illinois," and implied that said politician had been caught showering with a male roommate and "trolling gay bars" despite being vehemently opposed to marriage equality and other LGBT rights. He then added a link to an Americablog.com piece entitled "The 7 gayest Aaron Schock Instagram posts of 2013."

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    They knew it was coming today. Thats why they marched Boener out in front of the cameras to demand Hillary Clintons computer.
     
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    He got caught. :ucoffee:
     
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    Alisonsbankacct Out to lunch.

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    It's always the petty stuff that gets them.

    Disgracing yourself for some mileage reimbursements and a ridiculous office space. Nitwit.
     
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    He wasn't a conservative, let alone a "tea party" member.

    Unless maybe he was a "closed" Tea Partier?
     
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    What a fuckin idiot. Hope it was worth it.
     
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    If this thread isn't political forum fodder, I dunno what is :dontknow:
     
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