More details have emerged from the ongoing case against disgraced congressman Aaron Schock, and they are gayer than ever…
According to the Peoria Courier Star, newly obtained court documents reveal that Schock’s first chief of staff, Steven Shearer, told federal agents that “Schock was upset with the blogs and media comments about his sexuality. Schock denied the allegations and resented the accusations.”
So he did what any good aide to a politician does, he offered his advice.
According to documents, “Shearer believes that Schock did things that seemed ‘gay.’ Shearer criticized Schock on behaving in a way that would make people question his sexuality. Shearer has no evidence of Schock being ‘gay.’”
Some of Shock’s “gay seeming” behavior included his Downtown Abbey inspired office decor, all those shirtless selfies he posted to Instagram, his obsession with going to the gym, that hot, young male photographer he insisted tag along on nearly every trip he took, his love for Ariana Grande and Katy Perry, and, oh yeah, the turquoise belt.
But it doesn’t stop there.
The documents also reveal that Schock’s second executive assistant, Jeannie Etchart, had an interesting relationship with the former congressman.
Etchart told investigators that while working for Schock, she developed “strong feelings” for him and “the thought of ‘could there be something there’ between she and Schock did cross her mind.” She ultimately didn’t pursue a relationship, however, because she determined he was too “high maintenance.”
Schock’s lawyers have called the questioning of his relationships and sexuality “distasteful, offensive,” and “prejudicial,” but not everyone agrees. A lot of people think it’s totally relevant and should be discussed openly in court.
Michelangelo Signorile put it best when he tweeted this week:
It's completely relevant if they are trying to determine a) that he’s a fraud on several levels; b) that he was taking trips w/BFs on gov $ https://t.co/QpBK5lOgEW
— Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) August 2, 2017
Schock is accused of misusing political and government funds and of filing false tax returns and creating fake invoices and false statements to cover up his alleged fraud scheme.
During his time in office, he not only opposed same-sex marriage, he also supported a federal marriage amendment, was against the repeals of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and DOMA, and voted against adding sexual orientation to federal hate crimes statutes.
Schock’s trail is scheduled to begin January 2018. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years behind bars.