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Aaron Schock Quotes Taylor Swift When Cornered About 'Downton' Office: 'Haters Gonna Hate' — VIDEO


Jeff Zeleny of ABC News cornered Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) on Capitol Hill on the way to a meeting and asked him about his Downton Abbey-inspired offices and the way he paid for their redesign. Schock has been hit with an ethics complaint after the interior decorator Annie Brahler (who also said that the offices were inspired by Downton) told a Washington Post reporter that she had done them for free (accepting services as a gift is a violation of House rules).

Schock told Zeleny that he's "never been an old crusty white guy" and that's why the offices are so colorful, telling the reporter that his last offices were "Democratic blue".

Added Schock:

“I'm different. I came to Congress at 27. When I go take a personal vacation I don’t' sit on the beach, I go do active things. And so, I'm also not going to live in a cave. So when I post an Instagram photo with me with my friends, as Taylor Swift said, 'haters are gonna hate.'"

Schock continues to claim that he has never seen an episode of Downton Abbey.

Watch Schock shake it off, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Take A Tour Of Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka's Five-Story Harlem Townhouse: VIDEO

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

Gay superstar Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka were interviewed by Architectural Digest for a story on their massive Harlem townhouse for the March issue. So if you've ever wondered what NPH's "retro magic" room looks like then this will be the issue to pick up. Or, if you'd prefer to keep things audio-visual, the magazine also created a video of the interview with photos of the estate throughout.

You can watch the video, complete with ultra-modern bathroom, a Keith Haring-accented children's bedroom, and some questionable taxidermy AFTER THE JUMP...

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Aaron Schock's New Office Decor is Inspired by 'Downton Abbey'


Rep. Aaron Schock's new office decor is inspired by the red room from the UK drama Downton Abbey, reports Ben Terris, hilariously, at the Washington Post.

SchockBut drama of another kind erupted when Terris went to the office and began being shown around. Word got out to Schock’s communications director, Benjamin Cole, who demanded to know why he was looking at the decor:

“Are you taking pictures of the office?” he 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.

Terris was being shown around by the interior decorator herself, Annie Brahler, "whose company is called Euro Trash."

Terris adds that although it has "bright red walls...A gold-colored wall sconce with black candles....a federal-style bull’s-eye mirror with an eagle perched on top...a drippy crystal chandelier, a table propped up by two eagles, a bust of Abraham Lincoln and massive arrangements of pheasant feathers," it's not an exact replica of the Downton room but just "takes inspiration" from it, according to Brahler.

“I guess because he’s fresh-minded and forward-thinking, he’s not hung up on doing things the same way as everyone else,” Brahler said. “It’s gotten to where he’s comfortable with everything I do.”

Except, perhaps, when she gives a tour of his office to a journalist.

Of course, Schock's maverick style has come out before. 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 sent rumors he is gay into overdrive. Schock later tweeted that he "burned the belt" after the photo went viral.

And Schock isn't the first Republican to worship Downton. Rep. Michelle Bachmann and her family posed like the Crawley clan for a Christmas card in 2014 that they called 'Bachmann Abbey' on Facebook.

But Schock doesn't want to be so public about his Downton worship, or showing outsiders his office. Perhaps he's worried about what reporters might find in the office closets?

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Florida Cop Fired for Porn Gig to Sue Department for Discrimination

Michael Verdugo, the Hollywood, Florida police officer  and HGTV Design Star contestant who was suspended in July 2008 after his participation in a 1996 gay porn bondage video caught up with him, wants his police job back:

Verdugo "Now, Verdugo has asked his attorney, Alberto Milian, to file a civil lawsuit against Hollywood Police for wrongful termination and discrimination. 'When you're a gay cop in a paramilitary organization like law enforcement, a lot of discrimination exists,' said Milian, a Coral Gables criminal defense attorney who also specializes in labor law for police officers and firefighters. 'He was a damn good cop. This guy was an asset and there's no doubt his talents were very useful to the people of Hollywood.' The city denies firing Verdugo -- a onetime undercover officer -- because he is gay.' This had nothing to do with Mike Verdugo's sexuality. It had to do with his honesty. The application process to become a police officer is very arduous,' Hollywood spokeswoman Raelin Storey said. Hollywood Police Chief Chad Wagner determined Verdugo had not been honest on his application for omitting the porn film, Storey said, and 'that was why he was let go.' Verdugo said he never gave thought to putting the movie on his résumé‚ when he first became a Lauderhill cop in 1999, or when he applied to the Hollywood department two years later. He believes his sexual orientation had plenty to do with his firing, that if a male cop appeared nude in a straight porn film his police buddies would be 'high-fiving him in the hallway.'"

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