Written by Staff Writer
18 Mar, 2015 | 7:25 pm
In United States, a Congressman faced with a barrage of questions over his lavish expenditure and lifestyle, has resigned.
Aaron Schock, a Republican from Illinois whose Downton Abbey-styled office launched a series of media reports questioning his use of taxpayer dollars, announced his resignation on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old congressman from Peoria, Illinois had been a rising star in House Republican circles since he was elected in 2008. But he said in a statement that he was stepping down “with a heavy heart.”
Schock gained a following for posting flashy photos on social media of himself traveling, surfing and on other adventures. But he was hounded with questions after The Washington Post wrote in February about lavish decorations in his Capitol Hill office based on the television series Downton Abbey.
Although staff told The Post that the interior design work had been done for free, the story prompted more investigations into Schock’s spending habits, with several media outlets reporting that he failed to disclose some expenditures and had to repay others after improperly using taxpayer funds.
Schock billed the federal government and his campaign for logging roughly 170,000 miles on his personal car from January 2010 through July 2014.
But when he sold the vehicle in July 2014, it had roughly 80,000 miles on the odometer, according to public records obtained by the media under Illinois State’s open records laws.
The documents, in other words, indicate the Congressman was reimbursed for 90,000 miles more than his car was actually driven.
The newspaper USA Today called him one of the top travel spenders in the U.S. House, even out-flying the state’s two senators. Commentators say that he was also known for his lavish liufestyle, using private jets, staying at 500 dollar a night hotels and dining at pricey restaurants.
Schock will resign as of March 31.
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