Aaron Schock is currently a fiscally conservative Republican Representative from the 18th District of the State of Illinois. He is a young, good looking man who is, or was, a shining star of the Republican party. In January 2014, attempts were made to “out” the Representative as gay. Another blogger and friend wrote a blog regarding the outing as “wrong”. I disagreed with the premise of the blog because of Mr. Schock’s appalling voting record when it comes to LGBT issues. The Human Rights Campaign has given him and his voting record a 0% score. I stand strongly that outing him was correct and important because he was building a political career destroying a segment of country to which he may well belong. It is blatant hypocrisy and calls into questions his integrity. (Not that integrity matters in politics.) If he is gay, and is actively opposing LGBT protections and civil rights, the information needs to be known. He has the freedom to vote how he chooses, but the citizens of his district have a right to know the truth of his character. This is not unlike the current feud between Elton John and Dolce and Gabbana. The designers have a right to voice their opinions, but they have to live with the fall out of their choice: celebrities and LGBT folks are boycotting the brand for their anti-marriage and anti-IVF comments. The same applies to Mr. Schock. He votes how he wishes, and in ways that are expedient for him and his career, but the fall out is that he becomes a target.
Let’s come to the news at hand. Today Representative Schock resigned from his position effective March 31, 2015 amid allegations that his spending was out of control. It takes a rather short cruise through Google to see that he lives an extravagant lifestyle for a public servant. He enjoys expensive hotels, privates planes, reimbursement for his luxury vehicles, and expensive office decor. He even has a full time personal photographer, Jonathon Link.
Jonathan Link has been on, at least, one official trip. He visited India with the Representative in August 2014. The cost of the trip was covered by The Global Poverty Project. This is apparently against House Rules since the Representative Schock did not disclose Mr. Link’s travel and because Mr. Link could not have his trip paid for unless he was a staffer in August of 2014, which he was not. Mr. Link was also on the Representative’s payroll making $50,000 in the last quarter of 2014. Does it hurt that Mr. Link is an attractive gentlemen with whom Representative Schock makes a handsome duo?
The scandals are real. Here is a public servant who lives like a Rockefeller while allegedly breaking fiscal rules at every turn. Here’s the burn for me: all of the tax payer monies spent on this extravagant lifestyle would have been better spent helping the people of this country. His voting record is 100% against LGBT laws, all the while he may be gay and spending tax payer money to bring along his boyfriend, er, personal photographer.
In the end, Representative Schock has built a career partly by demonizing the LGBT community. He has misappropriated and misused tax payer funds, allegedly. Despite his good looks, ripped abs, and charm, he is person of questionable character and integrity. It was the correct choice to resign. Let’s hope he has learned some lessons. I personally hope he will start being true to himself as well.