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    Aaron Schock to resign amid spending scandal

    First I heard of this...

    We don't need individuals like this in office....Sad, but if we removed individuals like this there wouldn't be much left! LOL

    Aaron Schock to resign amid spending scandal - CNN.com

    Washington (CNN)Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock announced Tuesday he would resign his seat at the end of the month, in the wake of a congressional ethics investigation into reports that he used taxpayer money to fund lavish trips and events.

    In a statement, he said he was stepping down "with a heavy heart," having given his constituents "my all over the last six years."

    "But the 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," he added.

    Politico first reported on Tuesday afternoon that Schock would step down. The news marks the end of an embarrassing chapter for the former GOP rising star congressman known for his Instagram account and a memorable shirtless appearance on the cover of Men's Health magazine.
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    Rep. Aaron Schock will resign effective March 31st

    Read more: Aaron Schock resigns after new questions about mileage expenses - POLITICO

    Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock resigned Tuesday, less than 12 hours after POLITICO raised questions about tens of thousands of dollars in mileage reimbursements he received for his personal vehicle.

    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.

    The discrepancy added to a growing wave of ethical and legal problems the 33-year-old politician faces.
    I actually said "Holy crap!" on the phone when I read the new headline about an hour ago. Good thing I was on mute, otherwise everyone would think I was really into master data management.

    I thought he was going to ride this through. After all, he's popular in his district. Guess that this mileage reimbursement was the last straw.
    ( Spin off question: What is with these US and UK politicians and claiming absurd expenses? )

    I'm not sure this is going to be a Democratic pick-up. This district is R+11 per Cook.
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    Re: Aaron Schock to resign amid spending scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by Dem View Post
    First I heard of this...

    We don't need individuals like this in office....Sad, but if we removed individuals like this thee wouldn't be much left! LOL

    Aaron Schock to resign amid spending scandal - CNN.com

    Washington (CNN)Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock announced Tuesday he would resign his seat at the end of the month, in the wake of a congressional ethics investigation into reports that he used taxpayer money to fund lavish trips and events.

    In a statement, he said he was stepping down "with a heavy heart," having given his constituents "my all over the last six years."

    "But the 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," he added.

    Politico first reported on Tuesday afternoon that Schock would step down. The news marks the end of an embarrassing chapter for the former GOP rising star congressman known for his Instagram account and a memorable shirtless appearance on the cover of Men's Health magazine.
    This too will be swept under the carpet. We need to clean a vast majority of the individuals in office out. They stopped working for the people and work for themselves.
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    Re: Rep. Aaron Schock will resign effective March 31st

    I thought he was going to ride it through as well. I'm surprised. I wonder if something bigger is going to come out.

    Let's the shock/Schock puns begin!

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    Re: Rep. Aaron Schock will resign effective March 31st

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    I thought he was going to ride it through as well. I'm surprised. I wonder if something bigger is going to come out.

    Let's the shock/Schock puns begin!
    Yeah. This is probably just the tip of the iceberg.

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    Re: Aaron Schock to resign amid spending scandal

    He apparently turned in a reimbursement for a flight as "software", among other stupidities.

    Gotta wonder if he just started turning everything in for reimbursement that showed up on his credit card statement.

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    Re: Rep. Aaron Schock will resign effective March 31st

    I should add this article by Vox. It gives a very detailed breakdown of all of various iterations of scandal and all of the number behind them.

    Schock had a really nice house ... Rep. Aaron Schock resigns from Congress. Here
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    Re: Rep. Aaron Schock will resign effective March 31st

    And just for fun, the criticism of him is absolutely bi partisan

    Aaron Shock should find a different job (National Review)

    For a man who has enjoyed such a short and undistinguished career, Illinois’s Representative Aaron Schock (R.) has sure packed in a lot of corruption. In the last few years alone, Schock has contrived to spend $40,000 of taxpayers’ money redecorating his congressional office in the lavish style of television’s Downton Abbey; he has exhibited a penchant for taxpayer-financed luxury hotels and private aircraft that is flatly incompatible with both his conservative rhetoric and the political presumptions of a free nation; and, per Politico, he has “taken several trips abroad without following disclosure rules.” Politico revealed, moreover, that Schock had charged the American public $3,000 for “software on Nov. 14,” but that the expenditure was in fact “part of the cost of flying in a software executive’s private plane to a Chicago Bears game and his district.”

    Let’s say it, aloud: Aaron Schock is a crook.
    That is a BLISTERING first paragraph to a story

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    Re: Rep. Aaron Schock will resign effective March 31st

    Mileage is dicey business. I don't even claim legitimate mileage or reimburse myself from my business accounts for use of my car for errands because I just see it as a red flag, especially since I have a business vehicle. I'll pay the taxes on it rather than be anally probed by an IRS auditor. The car gets better mileage than the van so I figure it evens in the wash anyways to use the car whenever possible, not to mention that it is easier to scoot around in a car than a delivery van.
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