Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock isn't running for governor, but his presence is being felt. His former chief of staff is heading up a Super PAC aimed at defeating Bruce Rauner. Why?
No members of Illinois' congressional delegation crack OpenSecrets.org's list of wealthiest lawmakers, but one made the Top 25 poorest.
If the allegations are corroborated, Schock is a cynical hypocrite who lacks the moral fitness to hold elective office. He is building his career on the backs of more honest individuals and deliberately inflicting harm on an entire minority to further his personal ambitions.
The shame is not that Aaron Schock may possibly be gay. The shame is not even that one like Schock may wish to remain private, nor is it that he lied. The shame is that the 'closeted' politician sits in Washington and actively votes against his gay brothers and sisters.
It was Time magazine that dreamed up the word "outing" back in 1990. Specifically, it was now-deceased William Henry III, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic, who coined the term to define what he saw as a terrible invasion of privacy against even the most vile and homophobic closeted public figures by gay activists and gay journalists, and, most pointedly, by me.
Outing folks like Representative Aaron Schock isn't just not-wrong. It's an ethical responsibility of journalists to expose blatant hypocrisy from our politicians.
I'll sit here and yell aloud in my living room for any number of celebrities that I'm sure are gay to come out. But as a responsible journalist, I won't publish evidence that doesn't fully add up about someone's personal identity no matter how vile they might be.
If Aaron Schock is gay, given his hateful record, he should be outed. But not in a half-assed fashion. If Hod has real evidence, he should share it.
Say what you want about 2013. But before you dismiss it, cranky style, for being as lousy as any other year you didn't get everything you wanted from Santa, try to remember the few good things that happened in the last twelve months.
Just when we thought it couldn't get any better than a story about Michele Bachmann stranded in Siberia, we get this. Sizzle!
Millennials are a highly collaborative, innovative generation. This, in turn, makes them uniquely well-positioned to work across party lines to reach outside-the-box bipartisan solutions.
Maddow has become for this generation what William F. Buckley Jr. was for a previous generation -- the embodiment of the American public intellectual. Of course, because her politics are the opposite of Buckley's politics, this fact drives the right wing up the wall.
If a guy can't even get the simple stuff within a shrinking party organization of which he is a part, why would we possibly trust him with the government of an entire state -- especially one as large and important as Illinois?
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Few people go against convention and actually succeed. Aaron Schock is one of them. The indefatigable, 29-year-old Republican Congressman from Illinois is a new breed of pol: young, humble and focused.
Believe it or not, there actually are Democrats and Republicans -- lots of them -- committed to robust international engagement, smart foreign aid, and coherent and sensible U.S. international public diplomacy.