-By Warner Todd Huston
Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock just announced that he is resigning because of the mounting troubles over his illicit spending.
Schock was once thought of as an up-and-coming hero for establishment Republicans. But over the last month or so one story after another about his likely illegal spending of tax dollars and campaign cash on personal travel and vacations has finally sunk him. Now Politico reports he has resigned.
The 33-year-old Republican has been dogged by questions about his spending of taxpayer and campaign dollars. On Monday afternoon, POLITICO posed a lengthy set of questions about charging the government and his campaign tens of thousands of dollars in questionable mileage reimbursements.
Today, I am announcing my resignation as a Member of the United States House of Representatives effective March 31,” Schock said in a statement. “I do this with a heavy heart. Serving the people of the 18th District is the highest and greatest honor I have had in my life. I thank them for their faith in electing me and letting me represent their interests in Washington. I have given them my all over the last six years. I have traveled to all corners of the District to meet with the people I’ve been fortunate to be able to call my friends and neighbors.”
“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. I have always sought to do what’s best for my constituents and I thank them for the opportunity to serve,” he said in a statement.
Of course, no Democrat would EVER have resigned over theft of taxpayer’s money, but…. there you have it.