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Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) Walks Away from Interview After 'Ridiculous and Inappropriate' Questions About Gay Rumors


Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) was questioned by radio host Michelangelo Signorile last week about persisting rumors that he's gay and what his anti-gay votes might mean in that context, Signorile reports at HuffPost:

Asked on the floor of the RNC in an interview for my SiriusXM OutQ radio program to respond to those who’ve believed that Schock is gay and also view his vote against “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal as a vote against members of his own group, Schock responded, “Those questions are completely ridiculous and inappropriate.” He added, when asked if he is confirming that he is not gay, “I’ve said that before and I don’t think it’s worthy of further response. I think you can look it up.” Schock then walked off, abruptly ending the interview.

On why he voted against DADT repeal, Schock said: “I took the advice of military experts that came before Congress. I think that’s why you have John McCain and others who have a military background. Adam Kinzinger is a close personal friend of mine who’s an active duty member of Congress [in the district] next door to me and so I think that’s why you saw the consistency.”

Schock appeared uninformed when asked last week about marriage equality lawsuits in his home state and expressed disagreement with Obama's decision to not defend DOMA in court.

Schock, who has been accused of misusing campaign funds to further an exercise habit, flaunted the results of that regimen in a Men's Health cover story last May.

Many of the gay rumors surrounding Schock seem to be tied to his obsessive attention to his body, as well as that of other Republican congressmen. In June 2010, a photo of Schock at a White House picnic in white jeans, an aqua belt, and purple gingham shirt posted by Gawker (above) sent the gay rumors into overdrive. Schock later tweeted that he "burned the belt" after the photo went viral.

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  1. Alas, judging people based on their appearance is exactly how many incidences of bullying start. If he was in high school and people started questioning his sexuality and spreading rumors, it would definitely be bullying and harassment. Clearly he's not as vulnerable as a teenager, but I think it's reasonable to ask ourselves if such behavior is acceptable among adults. I'm a little uncomfortable about it.

    That said, if he is closeted and taking these policy stands, I have no problem if he's outed (with proof, not rumor and innuendo). It's one thing to be scared and in the closet; it's quite another to use your power as a lawmaker to deny LGBT people their rights.

    And the outfit is awful. Cute face, nice body, poor sartorial choices, at least by my preferences.

    Posted by: Eric | Sep 3, 2012 6:18:15 PM

  2. Aaron Schock's use of color here is, um… stunning. If his color combo was meant to look patriotic, the belt should have been a standard dark blue, not… you know… turquoise. The contrasting white pants are the icing on the cake.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderale | Sep 3, 2012 6:24:29 PM

  3. You may have burned the belt, Congressman Schock, but did you burn the matching shoes?

    Posted by: Jeff NYC | Sep 3, 2012 6:27:22 PM

  4. I guess he really believes in DADT. He doesn't want to be asked and he's not telling.

    At least he's consistent.

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Sep 3, 2012 6:53:32 PM

  5. @JED maybe he's european ;)

    lol You Sir win 100 Internetz

    Posted by: Gast | Sep 3, 2012 6:54:24 PM

  6. I really don't know his sexual orientation.

    But I remember Ken Mehlman saying he was not gay. And those gay rumors were interfering with his dating life. My goodness! Poor guy couldn't get as many chicks as previously because of those incorrect, false, and untrue stories of his being gay.

    Mehlman lied through his teeth. It is possible Schock has done the same.

    I do tend to think a non-lying heterosexual would have no issue with just saying, even repeatedly, "No, I'm actually straight" -- and not getting all freaked out about it.

    Or maybe say, "Why do you ask?" and wink and kid around about it.

    By contrast, getting defensive and upset and freaky about it is suspicious.

    If it does turn out that he's actually straight, I would guess he's like the messed-up, muscled straight guys who do gay porn because they dig sexual attention from males.

    Posted by: Earl of Duke | Sep 3, 2012 6:57:53 PM

  7. I can't say for sure whether he's gay, but he's gotta be color blind.

    Posted by: BobN | Sep 3, 2012 7:14:04 PM

  8. I hope he was wearing a pair of white Capezio jazz oxfords with that outfit.

    Posted by: DAVID | Sep 3, 2012 7:18:47 PM

  9. "If it does turn out that he's actually straight, I would guess he's like the messed-up, muscled straight guys who do gay porn because they dig sexual attention from males."

    LMAO! You have to be kidding me! This little drama queen is gay as a tree full of hummingbirds! If he was straight, what Republican man wouldn't have just said he's straight? There's no sporting metrosexual irony in freakin' Illinois. He couldn't say he was straight because then he could be caught lying quite easily. But he couldn't say he was gay either. The new Republican platform, you see, is that it's "Ok to be gay" as long as don't want to be married, don't want any laws protecting your employment or housing, and keep your sexuality completely invisible to everyone except the person you're screwing.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 3, 2012 7:24:11 PM

  10. In Rep. Schock's defense, the aqua belt was probably less an example of gay wear and more of a case of just plain bad inside the beltway taste.

    Posted by: Troy | Sep 3, 2012 7:32:04 PM

  11. WOW. So gay.

    Posted by: Munro | Sep 3, 2012 8:03:45 PM

  12. I prefer to think that he's straight because that outfit is hideous. He looks like he works at the Disney Italian restaurant (and that is both offensive to Disney and Italians).

    Posted by: jamesintoronto | Sep 3, 2012 8:13:33 PM

  13. Gurl, please!

    Posted by: Beto | Sep 3, 2012 8:21:45 PM

  14. Flamer

    Posted by: napro | Sep 3, 2012 8:43:24 PM

  15. How do you burn a belt?

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 3, 2012 9:10:23 PM

  16. y'know, just once wouldn't it be great if a gay republican just came out on their own terms and not by being dragged kicking and screaming from the closet while they pathetically cast anti-gay votes to futilely keep up the charade?

    this is why the GOP refuses to treat LGBT people with respect - Gay Republicans make it clear they're not worthy of it. after all, these are the "gay friends" that anti-Gay conservatives always talk about having.

    lapdogs who crave the beatings they get.

    one. sick. puppy.

    in f***ing ugly clothes.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 3, 2012 9:14:29 PM

  17. Yet another example of the ugly intolerance by so many in the gay community. These are some of the most insensitive, stereotypical, and down right vicious comments I have ever seen --led by Andy himself, unfortunately.

    I know Aaron. Aaron has been my Congressman. Frankly, I don't like him but couldn't care less about with whom he sleeps. I do know that nobody raises more money, and nobody works harder. It wouldn't surprise me if he was Governor of Illinois someday.

    Calling every gay Republican "Goebbels", etc., is so remarkably short-sighted. Everyone has different values, life experiences, and follows their own road to coming out, etc. The ugliness on display here is breathtaking in scope and irresponsible.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Sep 3, 2012 9:15:00 PM

  18. but do you know what's beautiful, LincolnLounger? You prove all of us right. Schock is a pathetic closeted homosexual and you're the exact same thing. One more GOP-suckup homo who doesnt' have the balls to live openly, Visibly, and Represent.

    keep screaming your fury from inside the closet. Us in the "gay community" who live real lives will continue to live real lives, and you with your anonymous-internet-existence can continue to be angry about it.

    We get it, though. Schock has to lie to keep up appearances for the GOP. And you have to remain invisible for the same reason.

    We'll have a fundraiser, a bake sale perhaps, to buy you both a pair of testicles. Nice shiny ones you can show off, and perhaps trade with friends.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 3, 2012 9:21:01 PM

  19. What annoys me enormously is when these pathetic SELF LOATHING CLOWNS step-out of the closet, a few idiots embrace them.

    Learn from us Jews.....cast the stone at the traitor!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Sep 3, 2012 9:25:44 PM

  20. and to all the "hey, this is mean you guys! we don't know what his experience has been like! we don't know his journey!:

    oh shut the f**k up. he's the story - gay republican lies about who he is to maintain GOP respect and votes against LGBT Equality as part of his disguise. If you think this story sounds familiar it's because it is.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 3, 2012 9:30:09 PM

  21. @Lincolnlounger: I don't care with whom he sleeps with either, or how he came to select his eyecatching hoedown outfit. I do care if he's gay, but that isn't the same as caring about his sex life.

    If he's closeted and voting with the anti-gay Republican mainstream he's both a coward and so ashamed that he'd vote against his own human dignity. What a life! What ignorance! If he's not gay, then he's simply a run-of-the-mill anti-gay Republican, albeit one with better abs and a more flamboyant fashion sense than most. He's bad for gay civil rights either way, but if he's closeted, his shame will catch up with him--it always does. And shame doesn't sit well with voters--ask Charlie Crist.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 3, 2012 9:37:06 PM

  22. If he is gay then he is treating his BF most horribly.
    Shame on him and shame for the way he has voted.
    When he does come out he will be shunned.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 3, 2012 9:44:21 PM

  23. I have no idea what this politician's sexual preference is. But maybe the reason he won't answer the question is because an "I'm not gay! I'm not gay! How many times do I have to tell you I'm not gay?! response would only be met with a "me thinks he doth protest too much" response. At some point you just fuel more suspicion by answering questions regardless of how sincere your answer may be.

    And incidentally, I just watched the movie "Role/Play." It was enjoyable and I think it was good to show a diversity of opinions in the gay community about the benefits of coming out and the right of people to stay in the closet if that's what they chose to do.

    Posted by: Mary | Sep 3, 2012 9:45:33 PM

  24. Most LGBT people are still hiding in the closet trying not to be discovered as being gay. This means playing it straight and attacking gays to prove they are not queer, even if they are. The harder they attack the more likely they are gay honey, and you can take that to the bank, you just have to out them before they destroy themselves and others around them trying to "prove they are not gay". From my researches into life I have discovered that 1/4 or 25% of the population is in fact LGBT, GAY honey. But most hide in that deep closet in fear of being discovered and so they do all kinds of things to hide the fact they like the same sex, if you know what I mean. Most have been taught to hide by their parents and their faiths and others who are hiding in the closet with them. My closet got so full I had to come out just to get some air and freedom it was so cramped up with gays hiding in them with me, sadly most are still in that old musty cramped closet fighting to stay in it for some reason I have yet to discover, I mean they do not kill you out right in America for being LGBT today. So my message to all of you who are reading this who are hiding, it is ok to come out, really it is alright to open the door and walk out and be proud, you will thank me and you will thank you for doing that. It is time for you to be free.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 3, 2012 10:18:18 PM

  25. Mike, I wonder where you get that 25% figure. I was always led to believe that the gay community claims to be 10% of the population and that the cultural Right claims gays are closer to 2-5%. And the intensity of one's anti-gay rights views is not necessarily a sign that he's gay, even if it is giving gay issues too much weight in his life. Some people are intrigued by social change and social continuity. When I opposed gay marriage it was because I believed it would harm society. I changed my position when I started to think it might benefit gays and do no harm at all to the rest of society. In neither case did my own sexuality have anything to do with my position. Social issues are interesting from an intellectual standpoint and are not always a vehicle for some kind of personal neuroses. I really think you're off base with this.

    As for your "research into life" I can tell you that there are social conservatives who will claim that their own "research into life" showed them that at least 25% of gays are looking for sex with underage boys. My point here is to show that we all tend to find in our own "research" what we want to find.

    Posted by: Mary | Sep 3, 2012 10:37:56 PM

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