-By Warner Todd Huston
Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock has not had a good week. First he was criticized over his office decor, and today he has had an aide resign over a “racist” posting on social media.
Schock was criticized for ethics violations after initially having his office decorated for free in a garish pseudo-Downton Abby style.
Before that controversy even died down, though, he’s found a troublesome aide that needed firing over some sort of racist remark on social media.
Benjamin Cole, an aide who has been with the Congressman only since last March, has resigned, the DeKalb Daily Chronicle said on Thursday.
In a statement the Congressman said that he is “extremely disappointed by the inexcusable and offensive online comments made by a member of my staff.”
Schock’s office said that the aide offered to resign after being confronted about the posting.
Timing seems odd on this sudden dismissal, though. It was Cole who is reported as having embarrassed the Congressman earlier this week when he tried to pressure a reporter from the Washington Post to erase photos of the Congressman’s newly decorated office.
Now all of a sudden he is gone of a “racist post” on social media.
Illinois Review has more on the supposedly racist posts.