You’ve got to be kidding me. Aaron Schock talked ethics on the TV show ‘Top Chef:’
In a clip from the seventh season, the Illinois Republican teaches the chefs about the guidelines governing the acceptance of food and beverages by members of Congress, or the “toothpick rule,” during the show’s visit to Washington, D.C.
“When you become a new member of Congress and win an election, the first day is spent on ethics. Believe it or not, a good portion of that discussion is about food,” Schock said on the show. “Basically, the Ethics Committee wants to make sure that there’s not too much undue influence between the elected officials and the paid lobbyists in Washington, D.C.”
One of the many potential ethics violations the congressman is suspected of making appears to fall in direct violation of this rule. During a 2011 trip to London, Schock reportedly accepted free food and drinks at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and at a fancy London nightclub. He did not report any of the gifts, the costs of which almost certainly exceeded the mandated $50 limit.
What’s more, reports surfaced this week that Schock spent campaign money at Bergdorf Goodman, which has a restaurant, Mercer Kitchen and Delta Grill, during a trip to New York City in September. Schock took the trip to join Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to the United States, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
He and at least 10 members of his staff reportedly stayed at the iconic (and pricey) Plaza Hotel, all on the taxpayer’s dime.