It appears the downfall of now-former Republican Congressman Aaron Schock came from his Instagram account, which is no longer public, where he shared his flamboyant lifestyle with the world.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the fall of the legislator came after much controversy over his spending habits, chronicled on social media. An avid Instagram user, Schock shared everything on the site which only led to questions, especially from the Office of Congressional Ethics, which had started an investigation into the Congressman’s activities on February 28.
His world travels — on private planes, his extravagant office decor — based on the British period drama Downton Abbey –, and the apparent over billing of miles on his work car all contributed to his demise. It was clear that Congressman Schock of Illinois was living the life.
Now that Schock’s Instagram account is closed to the public and only his more-than 18,000 followers can see his photos, we are not able to post them here, but they included photos with celebrities such as singer Ariana Grande and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, a trip to Argentina two months ago one of which shows him doing the tango.
Schock has not made any public comments about his sudden decision to step down, which leaves his district vacant and scrambling to hold a special election to fill his seat, however, he put out a statement announcing his resignation to constituents.
“Serving the people of the 18th District is the highest and greatest honor I have had in my life. 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.”
The former Congressman was especially appealing to younger voters in his district, who could identify with Schock’s use of social media and his fitness level. So much so that he made headlines when he landed the cover of Men’s Health in 2011, showing off his impressive six pack.
And as if by design, the internet, which had a hand in propelling Aaron Schock’s name into stardom of the wrong kind, is now being used to make fun of his downfall with all kinds of puns using his name, which is inevitable. In the end, it seems this rising Republican star will be remembered for his Instagram photos more than what he did while he “served” his people.
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