Aaron Schock is back—and living it up in the desert!
While he was in Congress, inquiring minds wondered if Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) was gay: He favored flamboyant outfits, worked on his fitness relentlessly, and was spotted at the West Hollywood Halloween parade and outside a gay bathhouse in Tampa. (This, of course, is to say nothing of the Downton Abbey-inspired makeover he gave his congressional offices.)
Apparently, Schock took a trip this past weekend to the desert to party it up during the first weekend of this year’s Coachella music festival. Pictures shared to social media show a shirtless Schock with a bunch of other ripped hotties, including a closeup shot of him in a tent.
Schock has never confirmed or denied his sexuality, but some, like former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), felt that if Schock is gay, he should be exposed because of his history of voting against equal rights for LGBTQ people.
“When you are in public office and you vote opposite to the way you live your life, no I don’t think you have privacy,” Frank told ABC News. “Anyone who is gay and votes in an anti-gay fashion has, it seems to me, lost their right to privacy, because it’s been converted to a right to hypocrisy.”
Schock resigned from Congress when questions were raised about his lavish spending while in office.
It began in 2015 after a Washington Post reporter gained access to Schock’s Congressional office and noted the extravagant decor, which led to a series of media inquiries about his excessive spending habits. Some raised the possibility that he may have used tax dollars to access private jets for personal trips and shower his staff with gifts like Katy Perry concert tickets.
The scandal garnered national media attention for Schock, who had dominated gay media headlines the year before when former CBS journalist Itay Hod claimed to have knowledge that Schock is gay.
Asked for comment on the inquiry, Schock told the Peoria Journal Star, “I can’t say anything other than that I don’t know anything more than you know.”
@aaronschock Are you going to publicly acknowledge your history of voting anti-LGBT now that you're enjoying outings with your openly gay pals at Coachella?
— Joe Drake (@JoeDrakeNYC) April 16, 2019
In 2016, a federal grand jury indicted Schock on more than 24 charges, including fraud, filing false income tax returns, and using campaign funds for cars, decorating, and other luxuries.
But earlier this year, all charges against him were dropped in exchange for having to pay back the money to the IRS.
“The ex-congressman got off by a mixture of prosecutorial sloppiness, ambiguously worded corruption statutes, and an unwillingness by the U.S. attorney in Chicago to defend the actions of Schock’s initial prosecutors on appeal,” reported The Daily Beast’s Scott Bixby. “Schock’s attorneys hounded prosecutors and federal investigators for alleged misconduct throughout the case’s four-year history, from asking misleading questions during grand jury testimony to what they called ’distasteful and offensive’ inquiries into the ex-congressman’s sex life.”
He is now reportedly living in Beverly Hills—and hard at work converting an office building near LAX into a luxury hotel.
“He literally goes to Barry’s in Venice and WeHo every day,” said a person friendly with Schock. “I think he’s just living his life.”
Fuck Aaron Schock and his history of voting against gay rights (and never apologizing for it) and fuck you white gays who are fucking him pic.twitter.com/BNYb1YKPO0
— The Gay Burn Book (@SouthernHomo) April 16, 2019
It’s not so surprising to see Schock at Coachella. After all, do you really think he’d pass up the opportunity to see Kacey Musgraves, Lizzo, and Ariana Grande all on the same bill?