Oof. Looks like GOP Rep. Aaron Schock’s chickens have come home to roost:
From a recent Politico story:
Schock has been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks for a litany of issues regarding his spending of campaign and taxpayer dollars. POLITICO and the Chicago Sun-Times have documented sloppy accounting and lavish spending in Schock’s operations.
He has failed to disclose several trips abroad, had to repay a private pilot for flying him to a Chicago Bears game, reported the cost of a flight as a “software” purchase and did not report paying for a fundraiser held at a golf course. He also repaid the government $40,000 for redecorating his office in the fashion of the PBS drama “Downton Abbey.”
When asked during an interview last week in his hometown of Peoria, Illinois, whether he broke the law or ethics rules, the congressman said, “I certainly hope not.” He said he could not definitively say so because he is “not an attorney.”
And now …
“Today, I am announcing my resignation as a Member of the United States House of Representatives effective March 31,” Schock said in a statement. “I do this with a heavy heart. Serving the people of the 18th District is the highest and greatest honor I have had in my life. I thank them for their faith in electing me and letting me represent their interests in Washington. I have given them my all over the last six years. I have traveled to all corners of the District to meet with the people I’ve been fortunate to be able to call my friends and neighbors.”
Cue the puns:
Parting food for thought:
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.