Maddow On The Fall Of Aaron Schock

Like many, Maddow doesn’t think we’ve heard the full story.

  • oikos

    I love how the media calls him a star. What substantive legislative accomplishments did he have? What major policies did he promote?

    • teeveedub

      None and none.

      Well, unless you include elevating narcissism to a level not heretofore seen in Congress.

    • Reality.Bites

      He was a Kardashian.

      • oikos

        Exactly

      • BlueberriesForMe

        Kardaschockhian.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Schockadelica.

    • bkmn

      He was proficient in securing pork for his district.

    • Cousin Bleh

      I think it was about his potential. He was the first person to serve in Congress who was born in the 80s, and essentially he represented the next generation, millennials. Schock, along with Hawaii’s Tulsi Gabbard, formed the Congressional Future Caucus, which was supposed to be about finding bipartisan, innovative solutions to issues that millennials will face.

      Like most millennials, he should probably spend less time on Instagram.

      • oikos

        It would appear he was more interested in innovative solutions that would benefit him. 🙂

      • Gerry Fisher

        Soooo…the only sign of his potential was the year of his birth and how it related to a demographic. Pretty “thin” potential, if you ask me.

        • Cousin Bleh

          I agree, millennials are awful.

          • fuow

            We ‘boomers weren’t any better at that age.
            Hell, most of our problems today stem from my generation.

    • clay

      Legislators aren’t necessarily about legislating, but about being elected. These days, that requires lots and lots of money. His PAC was enormous and benefited other young GOP legislators.

      • oikos

        Tell me more about his enormous PAC. :))

      • Gerry Fisher

        You and Beareyes are on to something. Follow the Benjamins…

    • clarknt67

      The didn’t say he was a legislative star. But he certainly managed to gather a lot of attention. And apparently a lot of money.

      • oikos

        It will be interesting to find out where all of that money ended up.

    • Brian in Valdosta

      Star = young, handsome, white, charming

    • Gerry Fisher

      It frustrated me that the reporter was touting this as an example of the media serving in their watchdog capacity, when it was mainly due to a happy accident in a Lifestyle report. The media will impress me when they expose these empty suits minus an glaringly obvious and embarrassing slip up.

      • Cousin Bleh

        If you think taking photographs of the inside of a congressional office is a “happy accident,” you are clueless.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          The mammoth effort undertaken by his staff to get the photos erased says otherwise.

          • Cousin Bleh

            There was no mammoth effort. In fact, Ben Terris of Washington Post interviewed the designer of the office before posting the pictures; she was very forthcoming about her work. He interviewed Schock’s communications director a number of times. You also can’t just waltz into the Rayburn House Office Building in the first place.

            He was doing his job as a reporter. There was no accident about it.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            I’m sorry. You need to go back and read the contemporaneous accounts. The designer and the receptionist didn’t get the memo.

          • Cousin Bleh

            I in fact did re-read before I commented. The only effort made by Schock’s staff to erase the photos was: “A staff member then came and asked me to please delete the photos from my phone.”

            Hardly mammoth.

          • fuow

            That was a major mistake on their part, thank goodness.
            Republicans think they can tell the media what to do.
            Stupid.

    • Dramphooey

      There are a lot of stars in the GOP who do nothing at all. Some can’t even talk without making word salad.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Fetuses have the right to bear arms.

      • oikos

        and bare arms

    • robirob

      Of course he was a star. He was a Quickfire judge in an episode of Top Chef (the, what else, Washington one). Oh, political you mean, well …

  • Todd20036

    The GOP liked him because he was a good looking man who was not gay. {wink, wink} and since he was younger, he represented the millenials embracing republican ideals.

    • Rambie

      Exactly, he was the poster boy for young Republicans; egotistical, greedy, dishonest.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Yeah, the poster they would never let you see when you came over.

        Ironic, no?

    • BearEyes

      And he can fundraise

    • Gerry Fisher

      I’m beginning to see an irony, here. The exact things that made him so attractive to the Republican elite made him extraordinarily vulnerable to this kind of take down. Turn your political career into reality TV, and laws will get broken, bills won’t get passed, your job won’t get done. None of those things matter, when it’s all about Entertainment!!!

      • popebuck1

        In other words: Live by the fawning Style section profile, die by the fawning Style section profile.

    • robirob

      The Republican ideal: Be all show and no substance (so the powers to be can use you for their own agenda).

  • Erik

    When is he and his staff opening up his Downton Abbey themed B&B and spa catering to those discreet males who need to recharge with like minded men?

    • John P.

      I read that as ‘discharge’… don’t know why.

  • Mister Don

    Lurid Digs: Congressional Edition

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Go out big, Aaron. Douche, spin and spray that office as your last act.

  • Gene Perry

    The reason he resigned? His boyfriend (oops, “personal photographer”). The GOP will tolerate (even defend) the occasional ehtical violation (especially if it’s just “bookkeeping error”). But, once the “rumors” start, nobody in the GOP leadership is gonna defend you and ya’ gotta resign.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Don’t forget the closeted, racist, Baptist press rep!

    • guest

      It was also that the left was not going to help him, and mostly because he was a moderate on the right, in a further right District.

      And Rachel did this in the A Block, the 1st block, the longest block. The A Block has the most details.

      • LovesIrony

        moderate?

        • fuow

          Do not expect rational analysis from no-nym.

          Calling Schock ‘moderate’ is akin to calling Hermann Göring’ a well-disciplined eater’.

    • clarknt67

      I think the reality is rank and file GOp is not going to stand behind Schock, like they did David Vitter. So you have the left wailing on him and no one on the right defending him.

    • I am not sure his sexuality is a reason. I think that there is much more dirt here, and he was told to resign or face a criminal probe. What he did with defrauding the government with his auto expenses alone could put him in the slammer. The guy is major crooked. There may be a federal plea bargaining agreement somewhere, but Aaron is in very hot water — with more allegations potentially surfacing. I would not be surprised to see him the slammer for two or three years.

      • Gene Perry

        The issue isn’t his boyfriend (oops, “personal photographer”). The issue is that he was paying the boyfriend (oops, “personal photographer”) expenses out of his office accounts.

    • grada3784

      Not necessarily so. After all, we have Lindsaybelle and Michelle the snapping turtle in the Senate.

    • robirob

      The GOP gets rid of liabilities as soon they believe they covered all the tracks to prevent a Domino effect where other GOP crooks fall with the one(s) they want to get rid of.

      Schock was useful at one point as the posterboy for the young, preppy, hip, new generation of conservative bigots rising to the top of the GOP with connections to rich lobby firms willing to buy polititians to further their own agenda. I believe he overplayed his cards by flaunting his decadent lifestyle (which – I am sure – was supported by the GOP at first to get fresh new blood into the Republican Party from guys with no prior family connection to the conservative party).

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Again with the ‘Downton Abbey’. Stupid press people with extremely limited frames of reference go to PBS, I guess. Except for the feathers, that office looks like it was done for some old GOP codger like Ted Stevens or Don young.

    And had the office been Ted’s or Don’s, the press would have googled a bit more and wouldn’t have gone straight (as it were) to Maggie Smith.

    And again with the mileage – my husband was fired from a census job for narcing on mileage padders. Fed employees treat it like normal people do “free pens” at the office.

    But as Sweet says in the clip, who knew WHAT was coming down the pike. Aaron: stupid and adorable is no way to go through life, son.

    • Cousin Bleh

      The receptionist at Schock’s office was the first person who made the first reference to Downton Abbey. The media just went with it.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Matt Drudge, congressional receptionists, Twitter… our famously free press corps needs to do a little better than that.

        • Cousin Bleh

          I’m not really sure what your point is. Only 1 reporter has seen the actual room. The receptionist who showed it to him said in a direct quote it was “actually based off of the red room in ‘Downton Abbey.’ ”

          • Gerry Fisher

            The point is that the media seems incapable of smelling trouble unless it’s the equivalent of a corpse being dumped onto their desk. The reporter in this Maddow segment touted this as an example of media excellence. Gaga and I are claiming that it’s actually an example of stunning media failure to figure out trouble before it’s less obvious.

          • Cousin Bleh

            Huh? That makes no logical sense. The AP and other news outlets uncovered Schock’s spending scandals.

            In fact, AP did an impressive investigation linking geolocation data from Schock’s Instagram pictures to flight records from one of Schock’s donors.

          • robirob

            “Gaga and I are claiming that it’s actually an example of stunning media failure to figure out trouble before it’s less obvious.”

            Oh, they know what’s going on, but wait until they get the “go ahead” from the ones that own the media.

  • Phil

    And now Darin LaHood, Ray LaHood’s son is being mentioned as a potential successor. Very interesting…..

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-aaron-schock-resigns-20150317-story.html#page=1

    It’s about 2/3 of the way down in the article. The younger LaHood had no legislative experience in 2008. I wonder if Schock wasn’t just a placeholder who they knew would self-destruct sooner or later.

    • Chuck in NYC

      Ha — says it’s been a Republican district since 1917, so I guess we can forget any backlash change.

      This section: “His flashy, in-your-face lifestyle has been well documented long before
      the latest controversy — frequently by Schock himself on the online
      photo-sharing site Instagram. He has chronicled his adventures to the
      Greek Isles and the glaciers of Patagonia. He has surfed the waves off
      Hawaii, danced the tango in Buenos Aires and parasailed in the Andes.”

      We know Schock has done nothing of substance as a legislator, yet has the gall to say all the questions these last few weeks have been a great distraction. I guess there have been many tear-stained nights on his pillow as his world has crashed down around him, but he has his real estate deals as comfort.

      • fuow

        Those weren’t tear stains, darling, they were bite-marks.
        Princess is a pillow-biter.

    • Mary

      I think Schick was indeed a placeholder, so they gave him no support when the scandal broke, as he can easily be replaced with another empty attractive face. The real problem is how many of our representatives are placeholders doing the bidding of their party funders and preventing real representative government from existing.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    RM makes the point: Aaron’s reality-tv show of a life was what the GOP wanted. “Real” young guns. Doing young-y, active-y things. They ran one for for VP. Cantor thought he was one (What was he? 50?). You only get so far paying for op-ed pieces by young stupid people telling other young stupid people that Social Security won’t be there for them.

  • bkmn

    Who is going to scrub Paul Ryan’s back in the shower now? Oh the humanity!!!

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Dear Penthouse: I never dreamed I’d swing the other way, but one late night in the Senate gym….

      • Dale Snyder

        Oh that’s a classic!

  • People4Humanity

    only 28 views on YouTube of this Maddow interview!

    • I should really know better

      what are you talking about?

  • David From Canada

    Aaron Schock has made mistakes and has lots of problems. But it’s never a good idea to keep kicking a man when he’s down and out. The sharks are still circling and it’s turning into a mindless, pathetic bloodbath.

    • teddy21

      If the sharks didn’t continue to circle, we’d never have prosecutions and convictions of these scum and our govt. would be even worse than it is.

      • clarknt67

        Aaron has had to trade in his publicly funded Rock Star life for a privately-funded one, no doubt he’ll have a fancy K-Street lobbyist job in a week or two. Hasn’t poor Aaron suffered enough!?!

    • I should really know better

      This is a guy who knew the rules… he tried to game the system and he lost. He’s a young, attractive and charismatic gay man and had he wanted to go legit…he’d have done the Bran Sims thing… been honest and out, not used the public teat as his personal banking machine… he’d probably have had to run in another district, but he’d be set. Instead, just just wanted to use the Tax Payers to fund his hikes in the mountains, his trips to India and his lifestyle. He bilked us for about $50K in care mileage and that’s ONLY WHAT we’ve found so far. You know there’s a lot more here.

      All the while he was voting against the rights and protections of gay families and being that kind of Ayn Rand Douche who says everyone but him is lazy and doesn’t deserve health care or welfare or unemployment or even workplace safety.

      Fuck him. He’s not worthy of your pity.

      • Gerry Fisher

        >not used the public teat as his personal banking machine

        There are more parallels to Ferguson than I thought.

    • mjcc1987

      An anti-gay closet case? Nope

    • Cousin Bleh

      You’d probably empathize less with Schock if you weren’t such a closet case yourself.

      • David From Canada

        I have been out as a gay man for years.
        I believe that Aaron Schock is hiding in the closet from the public eye, and this has probably contributed to psychological problems on his part, such as lavishly over-spending.
        In many ways he is to be pitied.

    • clay

      It doesn’t matter what we do here. It’s the editors in his district that are effectively taking him out.

    • another_steve

      The media will lose interest in the story now. I doubt that the Department of Justice will go after him. The DOJ probably doesn’t want to get involved in what will be perceived as a partisan “fishing expedition,” what with the pending confirmation of a new U.S. Attorney General.

      He stole taxpayer dollars and will probably get away with it.

      Pity, that.

    • Gerry Fisher

      This is really similar to the way the press handled the Justice Department’s report on Ferguson. LOOK AT THE 8 RACIST EMAILS SENT BY THE COPS!!! (But we’ll barely mention that an entire county–from the mayor, to the city council, to the prosecutors, to the judges, to the police chief, to the rank-and-file police officers–came down upon its poor, mostly black citizens Mafia style, burying them with questionable citations, fines, and warrants.)

      The real story about Schock isn’t about Downtown Abbey or a bad mileage reimbursement request. It’s about how empty politicians like this serve a system corrupted by big money.

    • fuow

      He’s a closeted, gay-bashing gay man who’s a powerful politician.
      Fuck the little princess. Hard and good.

    • Dale Snyder

      He shamelessly voted to fuck the working class and poor all the while thieving who knows how much from these same taxpayers and you expect me to give this scumbag the least bit of sympathy?

      Are you kidding me?

  • Robincho

    Sun comes up. Fag goes down. Potomac still wet.

  • Octavio

    Maddow is most likely correct. There’s a bad smell following Schock, the source of which has not fully been uncovered.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      [giggle]

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Gerry on Parks and Rec would NEVER abuse his position as a Notary Public like that.

  • clarknt67

    I don’t think so either. But it has nothing to do with him being gay. More likely they are trying to stem investigation into a domino cascade of corruption in the GOP ranks. The same donors purchasing Lady Mary probably have a half-dozen other reps in also their pocket. Put the story to bed before the press finds them.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Because the press is already engaged in self congratulation, as if they’ve accomplished the equivalent of uncovering the Watergate scandal.

    • robirob

      Shady peopel who buy polititians also buy the media (not to mention police) to control news reports and how far they get “investigated”,

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Maddow calls Schock a hypocrite to his face:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz2aysEC2O4

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “You seem like a very nice person….”

      “Bless your heart.” for Yankees?

      • Gustav2

        Yup.

      • Dramphooey

        “You seem like a very nice person but.” Don’t forget the but.

        • Reality.Bites

          I never forget the but(t).

    • Gerry Fisher

      “This isn’t personal, but you aren’t making sense.”

    • Cuberly

      EXACTLY! He’s not good at off the cuff comments or in interviews that aren’t scripted. He’s quite dreadful.

  • teddy21

    Aaron has now lost his power. That means there WILL be boyfriends/hookers coming out of the closet in 3,2,1.

  • Gustav2

    WHERE ARE HIS PRIVATE EMAILS!!!!!111!!!!1!!

  • fuow

    I’ve encountered a few con-artists in my time. Without exception, the really good ones paid great attention to the little details.

    Their mileage statements lined up. Their bank statements (the ones you saw) were great.

    They paid atteniton to the little things which matter so much.

    This cheep floozy, this jaded little princess has no class. Even her office décor makes clear her low-brow imagination.

    Still think she’s probably a hot, greedy little bottom, though.

    • robirob

      I believe there are two things that come into play (just theories):

      1. Schock felt overconfident that no matter what he does the GOP will cover his ass and clean up his mess (= not having to face consequences himself). He thought his position at the movers and shakers table was secure enough for that.

      2. Schock – on a subconscious level – wanted to fail, because deep down (conscience?) he knew he was on the wrong path.

      • fuow

        Yup. To both. Yup.

  • DN

    Is Timothy Kincaid going to defend Schock again, like he did here a month ago…?

  • Bared Bear

    his republican handlers let this guy go batshit crazy off the rails… and he’s going to continue to melt down.

    i honestly hope that he doesn’t know anything that would embarrass them or cause someone further up the evil gop hierarchy to unravel (e.g., ted stevens).

    • fuow

      I hope he knows lots and is willing to talk to the feds to plea-bargain.

  • Gerry Fisher

    It’s interesting that Schock was on the JMG radar for, what, a year or two? I know that most of our focus was on him being closeted, but I’d like to think we were also observing a broader “what’s wrong with this picture?” dynamic. Since when is a not-independently-wealthy freshman congressman so intent on portraying himself as a jet-setting, high living, fashion model?! What the heck was THAT all about?!

    We saw it. Why did it take so long for the press to see it…and investigate it?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Hey, I would’ve if I could’ve.

      (Edit: been a jet-setting, high living, fashion model, that is.)

  • bambinoitaliano

    I’m impatiently waiting for more to come out of this. Please do not dissappoint me.

  • Boy Elvis

    There’s no doubt Schock feared further exposure. Whether it was TEH GAY or even more professional irresponsibility he’s hiding, he definitely deserves to have all of his closet doors flung open.

  • Brian in Valdosta

    Clearly the whole story hasn’t come out yet. Schock hired a legal team as well as advisers to help him with his mess. And I am sure that they took one look at it all and said, “Resign.” How can one defend the indefensible?

  • “Waiting for the fiftieth shoe to drop?” Comedy gold!

    • Kissmagrits

      Wonder if any of them are Bruno Maglis. They were good enough for O.J. – -Oh, wait. O.J. was kinda butch and into wimmin, wasn’t he?

  • HadIt

    Time to call Saul.

  • Matthew Cimino

    Hold the phone, people! You are telling me that if you are young, attractive, and relatively well-spoken that you can be branded into something to try to change a perception of a political party? Where have I BEEN these past 38 years?

  • lattebud

    My theory, it is much less glamorous for law enforcement to go after a former Congressman, than a sitting one. He is hoping his resignation will get the spotlight off him.

  • lattebud

    Those that worked on his campaign, his office staff, and his friends must be sweating. They are going to be questioned by the authorities, which means getting a lawyer (not easy to do on a Congressional Staffers salary) and be in for a grilling. Maybe one knowledgeable person will be provided immunity and point the authorities to all the evidence.

  • Dramphooey

    Maybe we shouldn’t elect kids in their twenties. This crook has not matured at all.

  • kevin000

    Apparently cousin Patrick wasn’t the only sunk by Downton Abbey.

  • TexasBoy

    The office decorating just seemed like such a silly thing to get upset about when it first hit the news media. One wonders, as Maddow seems to imply, that if his office were not redecorated, would Schock be in hot water for all the other things, or would it be a *wink wink* *nod nod* business as usual in DC type thing? I’m not defending him at all, but one does wonder how many other congresspersons have done much worse and never even received a slap on the wrist, and why Schock has become such a story.

  • bob

    I can’t watch CNBC for the same reason I can’t watch Fox news — news should not have a slant. News is the reportage of facts, not interpretations or opinions.

    • Reality.Bites

      The mere decision to report or not report is putting a slant on it.

  • 2karmanot

    Schock IN, Schlock OUT

  • Kent

    What happened to the story about Schock selling his house for a huge profit to a local Republican donor? In most lines of work, that would be considered a bribe.

  • Alan

    Rachel could have done this in half the time.

  • Jim

    Rachel: he quit so that investigators wouldn’t discover his secret life and expose it to the world.

  • TexPlant

    Don’t you know you want to schock the monkey, schock the monkey

  • paul is a whiny little bitch

    I’ve never watched a Maddow clip twice before, but this was too delicious not to

  • Strange, I always thought there was an “L” in his last name, as in Schlock.