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Representative Schock Resigns Amid Growing Ethics Scandal

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Aaron Schock, my former hometown Congressman, announced his resignation from office today effective March 31. There has been seemingly endless controversy swirling around Schock since a report about his Downton Abbey themed office and the final nail in the coffin came after Politico reported that the Congressman charged the taxpayer over $45,000 dollars worth of mileage that he never drove.

    Schock may wish that this will all just pass, but I wouldn't be surprised if this is just the beginning for him. A criminal investigation is all but assured and there is a very real possibility the soon to be former Congressman will be seeing himself behind bars in the not too distant future.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    jaredsxtn Wrote: Aaron Schock, my former hometown Congressman, announced his resignation from office today effective March 31. There has been seemingly endless controversy swirling around Schock since a report about his Downton Abbey themed office and the final nail in the coffin came after Politico reported that the Congressman charged the taxpayer over $45,000 dollars worth of mileage that he never drove.

    Schock may wish that this will all just pass, but I wouldn't be surprised if this is just the beginning for him. A criminal investigation is all but assured and there is a very real possibility the soon to be former Congressman will be seeing himself behind bars in the not too distant future.
    If he was a long termed rep. it just gives more fuel to the term limit debate in which I am in favor of. if not then he was a thief to begin with and the office didn't corrupt him, either way he has to go and be held accountable, whether it's criminal or civil , doesn't matter, as long as he is held accountable.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    johnnycee Wrote: If he was a long termed rep. it just gives more fuel to the term limit debate in which I am in favor of. if not then he was a thief to begin with and the office didn't corrupt him, either way he has to go and be held accountable, whether it's criminal or civil , doesn't matter, as long as he is held accountable.
    He went to high school the same time as me, so I'm guessing you can tell that he is no long termed representative based off of my profile picture. This has nothing to do with term limits, but everything to do with a corrupt asshole who thought he could scam the people he was sworn to represent into paying for his lavish lifestyle.

    The really sad thing is that the majority of voters in my former hometown are unable to accept that he robbed them blind since he entered office. They would donate their hard earned money--and trust me, I personally know the people who live in the district he represented and they are good people regardless if I agree with their politics or not--and he spent it on lavish vacations, an opulent office, and $45,000 worth of miles he didn't drive. I've talked to some friends back home and it's very hard for them to accept that he was so corrupt.

    This asshole is going to wind up in prison and I hope he spends a hell of a long time in there. He violated the trust of my friends and family and that pisses me off more than pretty much anything else can. I don't agree with the politics of my former home town, but I will always stick up for the people who live there.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Here in Pa. we have several legislators convicted and sentenced but they still get to keep their pensions, I suggest to my Rep. that is all well and good, but perhaps they should dock their salary/pension the amount of money they defrauded from the government. he said he would look into it. Riiight and Rome was built in a day.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    I was just reading about the glamor boy Schock in Wikipedia.

    Wikipedia, Aaron Schock

    It looks like the label "youngest" applies to much of his career from his earliest days in getting elected to the school board (age 19) to the state legislature (age 23) to the House (age 27). Getting elected to the House at age 27 is a major accomplishment, but otherwise I don't know what his motives are or what drives him. It doesn't appear he has any inherited wealth but wants to hob nob with the big boys and "be noticed". I suppose the temptation was too great. But hey...nice photo of him showing his abs on a 2011 cover of Health Magazine while a House Representative. That and his pretty face I'm sure had an impact on the women voters. He is single at age 33....and maybe going to jail. Self destruction.
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    Perhaps we should reserve l.a.'s carpet bombing for tom cotton et al.

    These people including McCain who invoked neville chamberlain when commenting about the GERMAN foreign minister are not simply incredibly ridiculous, they are incredibly dangerous.

    They all need to resign.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    I understand that by resigning he avoids any and all legal repercussions. The pols take care of their own you know!

    This only shows and proves what uninformed and shallow people the American voters are. He belongs in prison for a long, long time but in a few more years, at most, he will be back cheating the public and they will all be his enablers once again.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    lonely bird Wrote: Perhaps we should reserve l.a.'s carpet bombing for tom cotton et al.

    These people including McCain who invoked neville chamberlain when commenting about the GERMAN foreign minister are not simply incredibly ridiculous, they are incredibly dangerous.

    They all need to resign.
    The point is, the "older" one's are more clever in hiding things, like you said for instance McCain; they know all the tricks in the books and cover each others asses. Mr. Romney lifted a bit of the "veil", when became known that he hid his stash in the Caymans; if he would have been elected, then the first "law" would have been for the rich; stash your money anywhere; it is tax -free. Personally I think the smartest solution is to become a priest and get everything tax free including your private jet. No one can touch you; because "Jesus" makes sure of that.
  • Liberal
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    Jebesus loves all them preacher folks, just look at their big bank accounts!
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote: He is single at age 33....and maybe going to jail. Self destruction.
    If anyone deserves a prison sentence, it is this guy. It's one thing to justify your lavish vacations based off of an interpretation of the laws governing how one can spend campaign cash because those laws are pretty much non-existent after Citizens United. But falsifying mileage to the tune of 90,000 miles, which netted him well over $45,000 dollars worth of taxpayer money, is outright fraud. There's no way around it.