As producers of Downton Abbey announce the end of the series is approaching , it’s appropriate that we’re about to see the much-anticipated finale to the Congressional career of one of its biggest fans, Aaron Schock.
The 33-year-old Schock, a once fast-rising star in the GOP party who has recently endured enough controversy, scandal and innuendo to supply the writers of the British costume drama with plots for an entire season, will resign at the end of the month and delivered his farewell address to Congress today. Naturally, it didn’t go off without a hitch.
The former Men’s Health model implied that he intends to continue with public service. “I leave here with sadness and humility,” he said. “For those whom I’ve let down, I will work tirelessly to make it up to you.”
Then the other shoe dropped, as Schock compared the questions he’s faced over his lavish spending to the hardships witnessed by the nation’s 16th president.
“I also know that every person faces adversity in life,” Schock revealed. “Abraham Lincoln held this seat in Congress in one term. But 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 all of us Americans should be inspired by, especially when going through a valley in life.”
Watch Schock’s peace out below.