Aaron Schock needs to come out of the closet

The stimulus closet. Aaron Schock voted against the stimulus. He regularly rails against the stimulus. But what did he do once the stimulus monies hit his district in Illinois? He held a press event taking credit for it.

Here’s Rachel Maddow on Meet the Press destroying Schock on this very point – the relevant part of the video starts around 2:20 in the video below (the video isn’t working for me, but give it a try).

Appearing alongside each other during a panel session, Maddow pivoted from a discussion on job creation to note that Schock had appeared at an event on Friday touting a grant program that he had voted against.

“You, in your district, I just read that you were at a community college touting a $350,000 green technology education program, talking about how great that was going to be for your district,” she said. “You voted against the bill that created that grant. That’s happening a lot with Republicans sort of taking credit for things that Democratic bills do and then Republicans simultaneously touting their votes against them and trashing them. That, I think, is a problem that needs to be resolved within your caucus. Because you seem like a very nice person but that is a very hypocritical stance to take.”


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