GOP Rep. Aaron Schock redesigns office to look like Downton Abbey

Eternal bachelor and GOP congressman Aaron Schock is yet again in the news. This time for his new office designed to be a replica of the stately British manor in PBS’ hit TV show “Downton Abbey.”

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Schock has a history of self-aggrandizement that’s odd even by congressional standards. While members of Congress notoriously think highly of themselves, they’re still usually quite careful about the press they get — cultivating the media just-so in order to get the perfect story for the folks back home.

aaron-schock-men's-healthAnd unless the folks back in Peoria hired Schock to travel the world with his shirt off, there’s something amiss with the young congressman’s PR strategy and overall sense of congressional self.

There was the posing half-naked on the cover of Men’s Health. And the shirtless Instagram photos gallivanting around the world. And now, we learn from Ben Terris at the Washington Post, there’s Downton Abbey.

According to a Schock staffer, the congressman’s new Capitol Hill offices are made to resemble the Red Room at Downton. You can see a picture of Schock’s new office at the Wash Post link.

Here’s the actual room at Downton: downton-abbey-red-room

The remodeling was done for free by an agency in DC, though Schock himself paid for the objets d’art. (I wasn’t aware that congressmen could accept gifts likely worth thousands of dollars for free.)

In the end, I suppose it could have been worse.  Instead of the Red Room, Schock could have modeled his office after Lady Mary’s bedroom.

Turkish diplomat and all.

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59 Responses to “GOP Rep. Aaron Schock redesigns office to look like Downton Abbey”

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  2. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Why did they hang pictures in the wrong sized frames? It looks like some postmodern slant on Downton Abbey. That won’t do at all.

  3. Ninong says:

    It’s the wrong shade of red. The Downton Abbey red is warmer. And I suggest that Lady Aaron ditch the pheasant feathers.

  4. John B. says:

    LMAO! That’s truly a descriptive color. Ever thought of working for Sherwin Williams or Behr or Benjamin Williams? You seem to have a flair for color names!

  5. ericxdc says:

    I believe it’s Sherwan Williams’ “Repressed Republican Ruby”

  6. nofauxnews says:

    It is all about the feathers!

  7. Demosthenes says:

    Sens. Mark Kirk and Lindsey Graham are undoubtedly jealous.

  8. Jim Olson says:

    Wait, Joel Grey had to come out? ;)

  9. Butch1 says:

    Why were his office pictures “off-limits?” (rhetorical)
    He was born at night, but not last night.

    Why would a Congressman put himself in jeopardy like this knowing he’s going to be talked about especially when your sexuality has already been questioned unless he wanted to get caught? Many think he’s a closet case anyway, but someone this rabidly anti-gay really deserves to be exposed and I will enjoy it whenever it happens.

  10. Butch1 says:

    This can’t be all coming out of his pockets. All those trips all over the world. Unless he comes from a rich family or he has a “sugar daddy,” he may be accepting some gratuities for something. Perhaps it’s not political, but I’d be interested in finding out how these luxurious gifts are covered.

  11. Butch1 says:

    This is getting a lot of play in the media. I forget which show on MSNBC had a segment on his decorated office and they also showed a picture of the Men’s Mag. of him showing off his abs. It was a very gay suggesting segment. Alex somebody.( I can never remember her last name ) She was having a great time with it and all the innuendos without really saying it. He’s catching a bit of heat for this “bordello” look. On Face book many straight people have already said that he’s got to be gay. Now that is interesting. We do not have to say a word. ;-)

    I think he has his car in reverse at the moment and he’ll have to really butch it up from here on in. Let’s see how long this decor lasts until he changes it into “The Old Wild West.” ;-)

  12. benb says:

    What a Princess!

  13. BeccaM says:

    Aaron might find himself in a wee bit of trouble with Office of Congressional Ethics.

    House rules prohibit Members of Congress from accepting most gifts valued at $50 or more — including “gifts of services, training, transportation, lodging, and meals, whether provided in kind, by purchase of a ticket, payment in advance, or reimbursement after the expense has been incurred.”

    I’d say the services of a professional decorator doing that much work would be certain to exceed fifty bucks.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/02/03/3618614/aaron-schock-downton-ethics/

  14. Marc says:

    I’m waiting for someone to run against this guy and do him in if he runs again. Both him and that other IL twinkie Adam Kinzinger. need to go.

  15. BeccaM says:

    When I read that particular headline, I just shook my head and muttered, “Joel. ‘Cabaret’ This is so not-news to anybody.”

  16. BeccaM says:

    Yes, only with the addition of leaked smartphone video and/or a police booking report.

  17. BeccaM says:

    But also super creepy…and an utterly inappropriate use of taxpayer money.

  18. nicho says:

    When he comes out, it will be as astounding as when Joel Grey did.

  19. 2karmanot says:

    Thanks for clarifying. I thought it was Mary Maroon.

  20. mirth says:

    “Are you taking pictures of the office?” he [Benjamin Cole, Schock’s communications director] asked. “Who told you you could do that? . . . Okay, stay where you are. You’ve created a bit of a crisis in the office.”

    A staff member then came and asked me to please delete the photos from my phone. So started a day of back-and-forths with a congressman’s office about interior design.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/hes-got-a-downton-abbey-inspired-office-but-rep-aaron-schock-wont-talk-about-it/2015/02/02/1d3f1466-ab1f-11e4-abe8-e1ef60ca26de_story.html?tid=pm_pop

  21. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    In other words, a typical Saturday night for him.

  22. olandp says:

    It was a play on the old saying.”Will it play in Peoria.” I didn’t know how apt it was…

    http://www.peoriamagazines.com/ibi/2009/jun/phrase-put-peoria-map

  23. nicho says:

    For the record, that wall covering is not red. It’s “Schocking Pink.”

  24. Jim Olson says:

    Wait, Aaron Schock is gay? (Hey, it worked with Ken Mehlman eventually…)

  25. BeccaM says:

    This is true. His antics do strike me as making him highly vulnerable to a primary challenge.

  26. BeccaM says:

    Only after he’s caught snorting powdered meth off the taut ass of a rent-boy.

  27. But if he gets a real R challenger, he’s in trouble.

  28. Except THAT was cool!

  29. Butch1 says:

    I need to stop speed reading everything. ;-)

  30. Moderator3 says:

    I needed a hazmat suit to handle this one.

  31. goulo says:

    I’m reminded of Keith Alexander’s NSA office decorated to look like Star Trek.

  32. BeccaM says:

    Yay! And thank you. I took a look at this one’s comment history and it really is a fetid swamp of bigotry, hate-speech, and compulsive trolling.

  33. Butch1 says:

    For a moment I thought the headline read, ” GOP Rep. Aaron Schock resigns office . . .” and I thought ah ha, they finally caught him, but then I looked at the word again and it turned into “design.”
    Darn! I thought we were going to have a delicious, “Breaking News” story! ;-)

  34. 2karmanot says:

    GO Moderator! xxxooo

  35. Moderator3 says:

    Our guest troll has returned to Trollsville. They didn’t want her back.

  36. Andie_Pauly says:

    Intelligent people have no problem with “the rich”. It is those who cannot think for themselves who resent what they do not have and have not worked for.

  37. Andie_Pauly says:

    Illinois is becoming more red all the time. People are waking up to the damage the leftwits have inflicted.

  38. 2karmanot says:

    But Branson really is butch.

  39. Andie_Pauly says:

    You are as ugly on the inside at you are on the outside. THIS is why your ilk will never be accepted into civilized society.

  40. 2karmanot says:

    And as hot as liquid nitrogen.

  41. 2karmanot says:

    “Give the guy a break” When his shirts start to match the damask wall paper I may go there.

  42. Andie_Pauly says:

    Thanks, Liberace.

  43. 2karmanot says:

    “That show is wildly popular, which poses a threat to the left, doesn’t it?” Class kitsch always poses a threat.

  44. 2karmanot says:

    You ain’t Countess Magie, so get a grip and return to the kitchen.

  45. 2karmanot says:

    Turkish diplomat for sure!

  46. BeccaM says:

    His district, the Illinois 18th, hasn’t elected a Democrat since 1939. They’ll elect anybody with an R next to their name.

  47. Andie_Pauly says:

    Liberals are nasty, vile creatures. Angry liberal gays are the WORST. Creepy futhermuckers too.

  48. FatRat says:

    http://m.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/23/1181357/-Must-see-Stephen-Colbert-exposes-GOP-s-gerrymandering-plan-to-keep-power

    Well sorry, Obama. Your class warfare isn’t going to work. Fox News contributor and ShamWow! pitchman Stuart Varney knows the reason why.

    1/21/2013:

    STUART VARNEY: Rich people, powerful people in America today are reviled, aren’t they? They’re dismissed as fat cats who don’t pay their fair share.

    STEVE DOOCY: Class warfare!

    STUART VARNEY: We just hate ’em, right? Rich people are evil! And yet, along comes this show, Downton Abbey, rich people prominently featured, and they’re generous! They’re nice people! They create jobs for heaven’s sake! They’re classy. They’ve got style. And we love ’em! That show is wildly popular, which poses a threat to the left, doesn’t it?

    Stephen Colbert:
    Yes it does! The popularity of Downton Abbey proves that America loves rich guys, the same way the popularity of Breaking Bad proves America loves meth dealers. (audience cheering and applause)

  49. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    My apologies to Tom.

  50. nicho says:

    Come on, John. Give the guy a break. What heterosexual male doesn’t want his man cave to look like Downton Abbey?

    Does anyone want to start a pool on when Schock finally comes out and tearfully apologizes for all the anti-gay antics over the years?

  51. nicho says:

    Mary IS kind of a black widow, isn’t she.

  52. Jim Olson says:

    Poor Mr. Pamuk. He was a hottie. Must have been one hell of a f**k.

  53. caphillprof says:

    I hope I live long enough to read a tell all about the Congressman’s sex life.

  54. caphillprof says:

    I think that is an insult to Tom Branson. Schock should be so lucky.

  55. Indigo says:

    Representative Aaron Schock has been remarkably successful at putting Peoria on the map. Gotta give him that one! After all, is there any other reason to even mention Peoria so often?

  56. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    I’m certain he wants to be Lady Mary. She seems to have no problem finding men. Although, he probably has more in common with Tom Branson.

  57. olandp says:

    And this shit flies in Peoria? My how have times changed.

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