Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Schock! Revisited

Note:  This posting was first presented here at VGMH in 2011, at the beginning of what would become years of media speculation that possibly Aaron was an anti-gay-rights voting closet case.  Today, he made big media news, as Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock resigned less than 12 hours after POLITICO raised questions about tens of thousands of dollars in mileage reimbursements he received for his personal vehicle.  In the past few months there have been other questionable stories in the press, including decorating his office akin to Downton Abbey in red Victorian-era splendor at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars, which he later agreed to reimburse. 

What follows is VGMH's 2011 story on this politician:

With unemployment at a national crisis level, several wars going on, and the lowest favorable ratings for members of Congress since they have been measuring such things, what would you do if you were working in Congress?  Well, if you happen to be Republican Aaron Schock, you decide to act like a leader and help your country by going shirtless for the June cover of Men’s Health magazine as “America’s Fittest Congressman.”  That six pack ab on him looks good (the Congressional gymnasium must be pretty nice), but there seems to possibly be a homoerotic and homophobic contradiction to all this beefcake.  According to a story in printed in the Advocate, the antigay conservative Rep. Schock once burned a belt that blogs and other media suggested made him look gay.  Between Schock flexing for magazines and Anthony Weiner showing his weiner, elected men in D.C. didn't help make people feel that Congress understood what was important.
The unmarried Schock is known for his abs and media exploits more than for his leadership policy.  A photo of him in a swimsuit poolside first went viral in 2009 when TMZ posted it on the popular gossip site.  The story was on his amazing abs, but some gay groups suspected that the photo may have been leaked to quiet rumors.  Mr. Schock has said that he is not gay.

This congressman is 29-year-old who represents the U.S. representative for Illinois' 18th congressional district.
In the Men's Health magazine, "The Schock-uation" discusses his daily workout routine, childhood obesity in Illinois and his Fit for Summer, Fit for Life initiative. "One of my favorite quotes is from Ben Franklin, who said, 'A good example is the best sermon,' " Schock told Men's Health. "And I think if you want to start talking about healthy lifestyles and staying in shape, then you yourself should do your best to try to be a model, an example to people you're trying to convince to do the same."
It was a photograph of Schock at a White House picnic wearing a turquoise belt that really ignited online with bloggers. So what did he do?  He burned the belt.  Schock has also made known his feelings on gay issues in Congress. In February, he spoke out strongly favoring the Defense of Marriage Act and bashing the Obama administration’s refusal to defend DOMA.
 The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee noticed Schock’s “Men’s Health” debut and responded with a mock magazine cover that included a jab at the lawmaker’s support for Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) 2012 budget proposal.
At least buff Aaron has a good paying job, and from what we hear, a great deal on gym membership fees, thanks to the tax payers.  The unemployment rate in his state was currently listed at 9.5% for the month of July, one month after he was the cover beefcake model.

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