Aaron Schock Resigns, Waves Solemn Goodbye To “Downton Abbey”-Themed Office

Illinois Representative Aaron Schock (R-Downton Abbey) has resigned from congress amid a series of controversies regarding his spending while in office. Not only had Schock come under fire recently for spending tax payer money on spa days and trips to Katy Perry concerts for him and his interns, but yesterday, Politico revealed that Schock had also been overbilling the federal government on mileage reimbursements for his personal vehicle.

Via Politico:

Schock billed the federal government and his campaign for logging roughly 170,000 miles on his personal car between January 2010 and July 2014. But when he sold that Chevrolet Tahoe in July 2014, it had only 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 ever driven.

As a resident of the state of Illinois, I could not be more happy about this turn of events. Of course, Schock did not take any actual responsibility for having used taxpayer money for personal purposes and to line his own pockets. Godforbid.

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

UGH, jeez, journalists. Why you gotta make it so hard for Aaron Schock to serve the people? Why are you asking all these “questions” about his trips to Katy Perry concerts? Why you gotta be distracting nice politicians from their good works, just so you can point out some illegal stuff they might be doing?

It is at this point, however, that I believe the countdown begins for the Aaron Schock reality show, which will surely be appearing on Bravo in the next few months.

[Politico]