Ex GOP Congressman Aaron Schock Spotted Partying with Shirtless Hunks at Coachella

Wednesday April 17, 2019

A month after agreeing to repay tens of thousands of dollars in taxes to campaign committees in exchange for prosecutors dismissing felony charges against him, former Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) is living the good life.

Photos of Schock partying at Coachella over last weekend have been spreading on social media. The former Congressman is seen hanging out with four buff shirtless guys. The photo comes from activist James Duke Mason, who writes on Facebook:

Normally I wouldn't comment on something like this, but I am just infuriated by these images of former Republican (and anti-gay) Congressman Aaron Schock partying with a group of gay men at Coachella. The fact that he would think he could show his face in public, particularly when he has NEVER renounced or apologized for his votes against gay marriage, gays in the military and against anti-discrimination laws is astounding. My intention isn't to out him or target him personally, but simply to point out the hypocrisy. I saw him at a recent gay social event in West Hollywood and shook his hand before I even knew who he was; he should really be ashamed of himself. And the gays who associate with him without calling him out should know better. It really is a disgrace.

Queerty also reported on Schock's time at the music festival, writing:

According to multiple eyewitnesses, Schock spent the festival with his gay friends, dancing his heart out. Fun! He also reportedly got intimate with a guy or two, finding those precious carefree lip-locks every queer person dreams of having out in public.

Schock has never publicly come out as gay or discussed his sexuality. In 2010, he did not support the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which barred LGBTQ military members from openly serving and has also said in the past that he defines marriage between one man and one woman.

Schock resigned from Congress in March 2015 due to a scandal involving the politician's use of public and campaign funds. A congressional ethics investigation found the Republican used the money to "fund lavish trips" and to redecorate his office in the style of "Downton Abbey." After striking a deal with federal prosecutors to have corruption charges against him dropped earlier this year, he also made comments elsewhere that he may return to politics.

It's around this time that he became more active on Instagram following a long hiatus. After sharing shirtless photos of himself, captioning the pics "Wet or not, here I come 2019," he also posted vids to his Instagram stories at an Elton John concert in Los Angeles. He also shared a pic of himself with Sam Smith.

Last month on Instagram, he shared photos and screenshots of articles covering news that he intends to pay nearly $68,000 in taxes and to campaign committees in exchange for prosecutors to dismissing his felony corruption case.

"Some people live their whole lives not knowing who their true friends are - I got to find out at 33 years old," Schock captioned the post. "I am thankful for this. I hope this vindication is as sweet for them as it is for me. A special thank you to my attorney George Terwilliger and his team at McGuire Woods who have become good friends through this process.

"They never wavered in their belief in my innocence and fought tirelessly for the cause of justice," he added. "...I have been strengthened emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually through this process. I am choosing to focus on what I've learned and how I'm a better person because of it. There is always someone in the world who is having a worse day than you. Don't let it define you. Smile. Persevere. Carpé Diem."

Speaking with CBS News, Schock said he isn't ruling out a return to politics.

"I have been trying to survive the last four years. When you go toe-to-toe with the federal government, they have an unlimited budget and most Americans don't," he said. "It's come at significant cost to me financially and professionally and now that this is behind me, I'm looking forward to pursuing opportunities in the private sector. I'll always have a heart to serve, that doesn't mean I have to run for office. There are other ways to serve your community."

He added: "At 37 years old, I don't think I'll ever say never."

Schock also said that he's still a Republican.

"I'm not running for office right now but I would identify more as a Republican than a Democrat," he told CBS News. "But I suppose if you looked at my voting record in Congress they'd think I was a moderate. It's all relative, right? I also thought Republicans were for free trade. Things change with the times."

"As much as I haven't enjoyed the beating," Schock added. "I have enjoyed being out of politics the last four years."

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