“This is not the end of a story, but rather the beginning of a new chapter,” said Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock in his farewell speech to Congress as he prepares for his official resignation on March 31. Schock has compared his current controversy surrounding a spending scandal to the life of President Abraham Lincoln, as “few faced as many defeats in his personal business and public life as he did.”
“His continual perseverance in the face of these trials, never giving up, is something that all of us Americans should be inspired by, especially when going through a valley in life,” Schock told a nearly empty House chamber. “I believe that through life’s struggles we learn from our mistakes and we learn more about ourselves. And I know that this is not the end of a story, but rather the beginning of a new chapter.”
Schock resigned due to reports by Politico he had allegedly billed taxpayers and his campaign donors for 170,000 miles on a car that only had 80,000 miles on it.
According to Politico, his campaign was riddled with sloppy accounting and shady spending practices of taxpayer dollars. He admitted that he is leaving Congress with “sadness and humility” in speech on March 26.
The Chicago Sun Times reports on some issues:
By the end of 2013, Schock had already billed taxpayers for 111,856 miles — more than the Chevrolet Tahoe was driven.
And by July 2014, when Schock got rid of the 2010 Tahoe, he had billed taxpayers for a total of 123,130 miles.
Add to that payments covering 50,744 miles from his two campaign funds — most in 2014 — and the total mileage claimed was about 173,874.
Because the odometer was frozen at 81,886, Schock overbilled for an estimated 91,988 miles.
“For those who I have let down, I will work tirelessly to make it up to you,” he said from the House floor before he departed. “I know that God has a plan for my life.”
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