Dr. Richard Schock, the father of
Republican Illinois Representative Aaron Schock, on Wednesday told
media that his son is not gay.
Schock, 33, resigned in a statement
Tuesday amid questions about his use of federal funds. Rumors that
Schock might be gay have swirled
for years, fueled largely by his own Instagram account which he
mysteriously moved to private last year.
The elder Schock discussed his son's
resignation in a lengthy interview with Chicago ABC affiliate WLS.
“What do you think this is really
about?” the interviewer asked.
“What this is really about is that
Aaron has been very successful. Aaron is a very hard worker. Aaron
is very popular. Aaron is a little different,” the
“He wears stylish clothing and yet
he's not gay. And he's not married and he's not running around with
women. So, everybody's throwing up their arms; they can't figure out
Aaron. So, he must be crooked.”
The elder Schock added that “they're
making issues out of things that really shouldn't be issues” and
predicted success for his son “if he's not in jail.”