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Aaron Schock Is No Longer the Sexiest Congressman Alive

The Peoria representative resigned today following allegations of improper spending.

Shake it off, Aaron.   Photo: Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune

“Things could change,” says Aaron Schock. “In politics, you never know who’s going to die, retire, or—in Illinois—get indicted.”

That’s a quote from our 2009 profile of the young congressman. It seems a little prescient today now that the 33-year-old Republican has announced his resignation from Congress, effective March 31.

The embattled downstate representative has not been indicted, but he has had a string of no good, very bad weeks, beginning with the revelation that his office had been re-decorated in the style of Downton Abbey with taxpayer funds. Troubles continued with revelations about campaign-funded concert tickets and allegations of questionable Congressional travel reimbursements.

“[T]he 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,” he said in a statement. “I have always sought to do what’s best for my constituents and I thank them for the opportunity to serve.”

Here’s hoping he’s already blasting some Taylor and shaking it off.

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