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Old 03-17-2015, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, not Paris. #MAGA.
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Representative Aaron Schock of Illinois*Says He Will Resign - Bloomberg Politics

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Schock has faced scrutiny over expenses, including whether he properly disclosed and reimbursed spending for vehicle mileage and private plane flights. Media attention began after the Washington Post reported last month that his office was redecorated in the style of the British television show “Downton Abbey.”
Honestly, I don't believe that Schock is resigning due to spending matters, and certainly not just because the issue became a "distraction." Seriously, what power-hungry politician does that nowadays? They're usually so hesitant to get out of the game that only a public threat of legal/criminal action will force them out. Instead, it wouldn't shock me if he's using this as a front for the real reason, which could be have to do with the many allegations surrounding his sexual orientation (he's a conservative Republican who is generally opposed to many gay rights). Just a thought.

In any event, I think the people of his congressional district will be better served by his resignation.
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Old 03-17-2015, 02:23 PM
 
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He's been in a glass closet for at least half a decade. I think he knows something big will come down the pike if everyone keeps digging around his junk... and boy- everything sounds kinda dirty in the context of his unofficial orientation. HeHeHe.

FWIW- I think that sweetheart real estate deal where the employee of a major donor bought his house in bumfuc* for three times what he paid probably could cause him to have problems. As well as listing another donor's house as his official address. And all the 'miscategorized' travel and office expenses.

He's simply example #438 of how people might enter Congress as commoners but they never leave anything less than wealthy.
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Old 03-17-2015, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, and Raleigh
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No, the icing on the cake was when the National Journal magazine published on their website that he went to India last year using taxpayers money with one guest, a male friend, and he tried to hide it. It's time for him to come out and come clean...
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Old 03-17-2015, 02:49 PM
 
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Okay- so I guess this might have been the smoking gun:

Aaron Schock resigns after new questions about mileage expenses - POLITICO

Pretty ballsy to claim 170k mileage reimbursement on a vehicle with only 80k miles including personal use. It looks like his total hoard over donor/gov't spending for personal use is probably over the 1/4 million dollar mark now. And I'm sure its rising...
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Old 03-17-2015, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, not Paris. #MAGA.
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Okay- so I guess this might have been the smoking gun:

Aaron Schock resigns after new questions about mileage expenses - POLITICO

Pretty ballsy to claim 170k mileage reimbursement on a vehicle with only 80k miles including personal use. It looks like his total hoard over donor/gov't spending for personal use is probably over the 1/4 million dollar mark now. And I'm sure its rising...
Could be, but I'm not convinced. I'd expect a politician to claim an "accounting error" or pass the blame to a staffer on an issue like that rather than decide to resign.
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Old 03-17-2015, 06:05 PM
 
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Ahh yeah. Yet another politician from Illinois with "problems". LOL
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:47 PM
 
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This criminal should be forced to pay back all the money he stole from taxpayers. Also if he is eligible for a pension he needs to have that revoked and eliminated. Not fair to be rewarded. Sounds like a crook to me.
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Texas
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He's from "the party of personal responsibility."
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Old 03-18-2015, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Type 0.7 Kardashev
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Aaron Schock’s Tuesday began with a quiet early-morning stroll near the Capitol with his close friend, Missouri Rep. Jason Smith. Schock, sporting shorts and a sweatshirt, frequently looked down at his iPhone.

Within hours, his once-promising congressional career would be over. Schock’s resignation, effective March 31, came so abruptly that the Illinois Republican didn’t even give Speaker John Boehner or his leadership team a heads-up. Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) had been planning to keep Schock on the GOP’s vote-counting team. Fellow congressmen from Illinois also had no idea.
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On Monday evening, POLITICO began asking questions about reimbursements he received from his campaign and the federal government for mileage put on his personal car. Records show that Schock personally claimed reimbursement for roughly 170,000 miles driven from January 2010 to July 2014. But the only vehicle he owned during that time was sold with just 80,000 miles on the odometer.

Asked for his response to those findings, Schock announced his resignation.
Aaron Schock's final hours - Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan - POLITICO



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Some think Schock's troubles started with the ridiculous and costly "Downton Abbey" makeover of his Washington office and that devastating interview with ABC News' Jeff Zeleny, a former Tribune reporter who is now with CNN.
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Schock: "I've never been an old crusty white guy."
Zeleny: "What does that mean?"
Schock: "I'm different. I came to Congress at 27," Schock said. "When I go take a personal vacation I don't sit on the beach, I go do active things. And so, I'm also not going to live in a cave. So when I post an Instagram photo with me and my friends, as Taylor Swift said, 'Haters gonna hate.' "
Kass: Aaron Schock should have kept his shirt on - Chicago Tribune



So, basically - Aaron Schock is facing charges of third-degree falsification of claims and first-degree being a complete and total idiot.
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Old 03-18-2015, 12:54 PM
 
Location: IL
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It's time for him to come out and come clean...
Why? I don't understand the point of doing that, especially now.
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