Never Can Say Goodbye

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We hinted in last issue’s BTW that this would be our last waltz with former U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock (R–Illinois). So we lied! Aaron is back in the news, and in a way that shows how much he doesn’t want to be forgotten. Looking as buff as ever, there he is posing with his buddies at some big event. Or is he? After the publicity photo for the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival (in Indio, CA) had been widely posted on-line, two of the men pictured came forward to disavow any association with the fallen Congressman. One of them explained that Schock was “someone we just met” who wanted “to include himself in the photo,” so they let him in to be polite. But once they learned who it was, they were horrified and posted a lengthy apologia (in part): “Rob and I have been out since we were fourteen and fifteen, respectively, and living as proud gay men in a loving relationship. We are entirely against Aaron Schock’s values, views and actions.” And it’s true: Schock is still officially straight and has never repudiated his anti-gay record in the House. He may have beaten that legal rap (see past BTW’s), but his social standing took a big hit, so now he’s reduced to photo-bombing group shots of hot guys who are total strangers at rock music festivals. Next!

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