It’s like a rash.
Every so often Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) briefly disappears into the ether and then, wow, he and his abs emerge in a flurry of spectacular abtastic media attention for all the world to see.
Yesterday the NYT profiled the lawmaker in a meaty piece headlined “A Congressman’s Abs Garner Yeas.” Author Ashley Parker wrote wrote about his abs, his recently worn checked shirt, his gay following (yeah, he’s like Liza, he acknowledges) and so forth. Then Roll Call did a follow bearing the headline, “Schock’s Abs Go Legit.” Then the Washington Examiner today plays up his six-pack. Then, of course, here we are wrapping up all the media glare.
But back to that rash.
In February of 2009 HuffPost readers named Schock the “hottest freshman.” Then things really heated up when TMZ ran those racy shirtless photographs of Schock in red bathing suit trunks in March of 2009. Then came the GQ spread in October of 2009. TMZ has written a grand variety of Schock/ab stories. The headlines are fantastically creative (#5 is a favorite):
1. “Congressman Schock Can Sure Stomach It”
2. “CNN Host Ask Congressman to Disrobe”
3. “Illinois Congressman is Schockingly Hot”
4. “Hunks on the Hill – Who’d You Rather?”
5. “Aaron Schock in Minor Car Crash, Abs Unscathed”
How’s Schock feeling about the latest wave of media attention on his abs and looks? “It’s safe to say our office wishes the media would focus as intently on his ‘You Cut’ proposal to prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars on stimulus signs, his small business tax relief bill that would create millions of jobs, or his amendment to create a BRAC-style Commission for federal programs as they do to some insignificant pictures,” wrote Schock spokesman Dave Natonksi in an e-mail to FishbowlDC.
Until next time, Congressman.