Congressman With ‘Downton Abbey Office’ Quits

A US congressman, seen as a young rising star in the Republican Party, has announced he will resign amid questions about his lavish spending.

Representative Aaron Schocksaid in a statement that he would step down effective on 31 March.

The Illinois Republican said he was making the decision to leave Congress with a “heavy heart”.

He said questions about irregularities in his campaign finance and congressional spending accounts had proven to be a “great distraction” and have made it too difficult for him to serve.

Mr Schock began facing questions last month after The Washington Post reportedabout pricey renovations made to his Capitol Hill office.

The 33-year-old had redecorated his congressional office in the style of the British TV dramaDownton Abbey.

He later repaid the government $40,000 (27,000) for the renovation.

Mr Schock was also being questioned about a Chicago Sun-Times report that said he billed taxpayers for the mileage on his $74,000 (50,000) Chevy Tahoethat had been paid for by his political committees.

Mr Schockhad built a substantial following by posting flashy photos on social media of himself travelling, surfing and on other adventures.

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18 March 2015 | 7:27 am – Source: orange.co.uk

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