PEORIA, Ill -- Peoria congressman Aaron Schock, his office and his staff continues to face scrutiny.
Last week, a decorator made his office look like a room out of the TV show “Downton Abbey.” Days later, his communications director resigned for making racist comments on social media. Schock is also selling his house to a donor for $200,000 more than it was worth.
33-year-old Schock has traveled the world on official and unofficial business. His visits have been chronicled on Instagram. He was in India six months ago. In early November, Schock stopped by the country music awards in Nashville, taking a picture with Aerosmith’s Stephen Tyler. Later that month, he took a selfie with Ariana Grande in Los Angeles at the AMA’s. Last December, Congressman Schock walked on glaciers in Patagonia and later that month, he tangoed and skydived in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Questions have arisen about the congressman's reimbursements from his political action committee for mileage on his personal vehicle, sometimes thousands of dollars during months when he was out of the district more than in it.
And there are the lavish trips and expensive purchases all made in the name of campaigning; $2,600 cuff links, $1,440 massage, $688 on gold equipment and $905 on cigars.
No one is accusing the congressman, yet, of anything illegal, but a government watchdog group wants an ethics investigation.
Congressman Schock’s office did not comment.