Aaron Schock is no “Mary Haines.” (Though one well may ask if that’s a Birkin tucked under his arm)
He’s a lot closer to “Crystal Allen”
It started harmlessly enough. The Washington Post’s Ben Terris waltzed into Rep. Aaron Schock’s office and noticed the deep-red walls and out-of-place decor.
An aide at the front desk volunteered that the office had been done up to resemble the red room in the PBS hit “Downton Abbey.” Another person asked Terris if he wanted to see the rest of the office. She was the designer.
What followed was all too “This Town.” Terris’s interest in the interior design chosen by Schock — the 33-year-old Illinois Republican best known for bearing his chiseled physique for Men’s Health magazine — sparked panic.
“Aaron’s Abs Spark Panic” makes for a great headline.
Schock’s six-pack abs are for the world to see, but his office is not. His spokesman and senior adviser, Benjamin Cole, went into crisis-management mode. But the crisis was not managed.
Another staffer asked Terris to delete the photos he had taken. Cole tried to bargain with the reporter, essentially promising future access to Schock if Terris didn’t run with the story (um, yuck). After Cole reneged on a promise to let Terris interview Schock for the story, The Post published the report Monday night.
By Tuesday afternoon, the story prompted ethics watchdogs to question the services the designer reportedly offered free of charge.
By Wednesday afternoon, Schock had said he would pay her for the work. “Haters are gonna hate,” he said.
Alas Mrs. Vreeland is not his role model. It’s Taylor Swift.
By Thursday morning, news outlets had found social-media musings from Cole in which he made derogatory references to African Americans and joked about President Obama being a secret Muslim. By Thursday afternoon, Cole had resigned.
But that’s small beer compared to what Cole had to say about the Jews — which can be seen and heard HERE
One wonders if he likes his boytoys “uncut”
Perhaps the most absurd part of it all? Schock told ABC News that he isn’t a “Downton” fan. He hasn’t seen a single episode.
Aaron Schock, for seeing your office politics turn into a serial soap opera, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.
And speaking of “something,” here’s Winni Shaw.