Ben Terris of WaPo caused quite a stir when he reported Monday on the lavishly redecorated congressional offices of Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), which have been done up in the style of the red room on "Downton Abbey." Here is a lovely display of pheasant feathers.
I am concerned that now everyone will want one, and pheasants will be driven to extinction.
The mean people at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, however, asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Schock broke House ethics rules by accepting the redecorating services.
Schock now says that he expects an invoice from decorator Annie Brahler, and dismisses his critics:
"I’ve never been an old crusty white guy -- I’m different, I came to Congress at 27, I’m not going to -- when I take a personal vacation, I don’t go sit on the beach, I go do active things. I’m also not going to live in a cave," he said, adding later: "As Taylor Swift said, haters are gonna hate."
Followed into his office by Zeleny and his crew, Schock said the walls were "Republican red."
Below, the Dowager Countess, dropping by for a visit, gave the congressman a look when he said he was heterosexual.