Aaron Schock should resign from congress, but not specifically because of any controversy regarding his ridiculous outlandish spending that the MSM has recently sought to bring to the attention of the public. No, Schock should resign because he has compromised himself at the altar of the GOP establishment, the “Decepticons”.
We have repeatedly outlined the agenda of the professional establishment class of BIG GOP Republicans, the false constituency within the conservative movement that advances government at the same or similar rate to Democrats, hence the term “Decepticons”.
In a brilliant bit of investigative reporting, utilized only to attack ideological adversaries, the Associated Press found the trail to lavish indulgences afforded to Aaron Shock as a result of his compromise:
[…] The AP tracked Schock’s reliance on the aircraft partly through the congressman’s penchant for uploading pictures and videos of himself to his Instagram account. The AP extracted location data associated with each image then correlated it with flight records showing airport stopovers and expenses later billed for air travel against Schock’s office and campaign records. (link)
The AP report outlines the extravagant lifestyle of a GOP representative who makes a decision, a specific and intentional decision, to engage in the alluring comforts of Karl Rove’s Decepticon class of BIG R donors. The extent of the extravagance is well worth the read.
But for the sake of this outline allow me to take you back to the origin of the compromise.
It begins several years ago when Karl Rove and other likeminded Decepticons decided to use a strategy of affluence to infect, and thereby stop, the conservative movement afoot within the electorate which was generating ideologically conservative candidates.
The goal was simple, use money to compromise the young conservatives, get them comfy with the lavish political life, and then use their lifestyle attachment to leverage them to stay in line with GOP Decepticon leaders.
The strategy was not a secret. We outlined it HERE.
[…] Defending Main Street also is keeping an eye on other House Republicans who have drawn the wrath of the Club for Growth, including Aaron Schock and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, who is running for the Senate. (more)
The fact that Representative Shock allowed himself to be compromised is the real reason why he can no longer be trusted. Well, that, and the very real probability they hold his hidden sexual orientation as further useful blackmail over him.
No-one really cares if Aaron Shock is gay. Orientation doesn’t really matter to most on the conservative side, and it darned sure doesn’t matter to us. However, when you allow yourself to be in a position of blackmail for any reason, well, in that case you are essentially compromised from the ability to make difficult decisions and hold any line based on principle.
When you combine that risk with the Representative’s willingness to indulge in the Decepticon cocktail party offerings, delivered via donors who know the dark arts of manipulation, well, then we have an even more serious problem.
It’s time for Representative Aaron Schock to step aside.
He has compromised his office. The trust is gone.
[…] Schock’s House account paid more than $24,000 directly to a Peoria aviation firm for eight flights provided by one of Schock’s donor’s planes in 2011 and 2012. While the aircraft flies as part of an Illinois charter service, the owner of the service told the AP on Monday that any payments made directly to the donor’s aviation company would not have been for charter flights.
Beyond air travel, Schock spent thousands more on tickets for concerts, car mileage reimbursements — among the highest in Congress — and took his interns to a sold-out Katy Perry concert in Washington last June.
The donor planes include an Italian-made Piaggio twin-engine turboprop owned by Todd Green of Springfield, Illinois, who runs car dealerships in Schock’s district with his brother, Jeff. Todd Green told a Springfield newspaper that Jeff — a pilot and campaign contributor — and Schock have been friends for a long time.
The AP found that Green’s plane traveled to at least eight cities last October in the Midwest and East Coast, cities where Schock met with political candidates ahead of the midterm elections. His Instagram account’s location data and information from the service FlightAware even pinpointed Schock’s location on a stretch of road near one airport before Green’s plane departed.
Campaign records show a $12,560 expense later that month to Jeff Green from a political action committee associated with Schock, called the “GOP Generation Y Fund.” That same month, the PAC paid $1,440 to a massage parlor for a fundraising event.
In November 2013, Schock cast votes in the Capitol just after Green’s plane landed at nearby Reagan National Airport. Shortly after Green’s return to Peoria, Schock posted a photo from his “Schocktoberfest” fundraising event at a brewery in his district. Schock billed his office account $11,433 for commercial transportation during that same, four-day period to a Peoria flight company, Byerly Aviation.
The AP’s review covered Schock’s travel and entertainment expenses in his taxpayer-funded House account, in his campaign committee and the GOP Generation Y Fund. Records show more than $1.5 million in contributions to the Generation Y Fund since he took office in 2009.
Schock used House office expenses to pay more than $24,000 for eight flights between May 2011 and December 2012 on a six-passenger Cessna Golden Eagle owned by D&B Jet Inc., run by Peoria agribusiness consultant and major Schock donor Darren Frye. While D&B is a private corporate aviation firm, it also flies with Jet Air Inc., an Illinois-based aviation firm licensed by the FAA for charter service.
[…] House records also show that, since 2013, Schock has flown four times on a Cessna owned by Peoria auto dealer Michael J. Miller and businessman Matthew Vonachen, who heads a janitorial firm, Vonachen Services Inc. Schock’s House office account paid nearly $6,000 total for the four flights, according to federal data published online by the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation.
[…] Vonachen and his family donated at least $27,000 to Schock’s campaigns, while Miller contributed $10,000 to the Automotive Free International Trade PAC. Schock has supported recent free trade agreements with South Korea and with several other countries, which the Automotive PAC — a Schock contributor — lauded. (more)