Earlier this month, all charges against former Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock regarding alleged financial misconduct were dropped.
Tuesday, Schock spoke with WMBD, and said it’s a “great relief” for himself, his family and his supporters. He said the government came to him and said while he didn’t do anything criminal, there were some expenses in four accounts that officials wanted him to pay back, totaling $68,000.
Schock said the legal ordeal in the years following his resignation cost him about $4 million.
“I’m glad that my constituents can know that I never violated their trust, and I certainly never committed any crimes, nor did anybody that worked for me,” Schock said.
The one-time rising star of the Republican Party resigned in 2015.
“I felt like all of the hype and media around me at the time was inhibiting my ability to do my job,” Schock said. “I know it sounds cliche to say it but public services to me, is about my constituents, not about me. And when it became clear to me that all of this attention was distracting from my ability to do my job, I thought I was doing what was best for my constituents and putting their interests ahead of mine.”
Now, he said, he’s focusing on the future, and he said he currently doesn’t know if he would run for office again.
“Look, I’m 37. Most people don’t run for office until their 50’s or 60’s,” Schock said. “I’m not going to say ‘never,’ but I’m certainly not plotting and planning for any elected office in the near future.”
Schock said he believes there are multiple ways to serve the community.