Shocked about Schock? Read between the writers’ lines

Aaron Schock, former congressmanIf you haven’t read former Congressman Barney Frank’s comments about now former Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL), or if you don’t have gay male friends on Facebook, you might not know or care about the rumors that Schock is in the closet.

Schock, 33, announced his resignation last week, following inquiries about his spending habits and ethics.

As NPR and other outlets have reported, the controversy surrounding his finances was sparked by a Washington Post story last month that his office had been decorated in a manner resembling scenes from “Downton Abbey.”

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Maybe it’s genetic

I talked with my mom last week, and mentioned an article in the NYT about Chelsea Clinton‘s upcoming wedding.  My mom knew most of the details, including the location of Rhinebeck, New York.  The last time my parents were in New York state, they’d visited nearby  Hudson.

Did you see that Astor Courts was built to resemble the Grand Trianon at Versailles? She wasn’t familiar with that detail.

“Oh, so you saw the article …?” I asked, thinking it had been reprinted in a Chicago paper.  “No,” she replied. “I read it on some web site.”

Some web site. Interesting.  Now I see where I get my fascination for celebrity magazines, gossip web sites and the like. I sent my mom the article this week.