GOP Congressman Aaron Schock Has His Glass Closet Shattered
Republican congressman Aaron Schock — who represents Illinois’ 18th congressional district — is known for one thing: being pretty and probably-almost-certainly gay. Schock is anti-gay on the record and he’s frequently affirmed his straightness, but he may be feeling a gust of air this morning thanks to a sledgehammer wielded by journalist Itay Hod.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this post identified Itay Hod as a member of CBS News. A CBS News spokesperson says that Hod, who lists himself as a “reporter, writer and producer” at CBS on his Linkedin is “not a CBS News employee.” Though a clip reel posted to what appears to be Hod’s YouTube account in 2011 shows him appearing on CBS, the spokesperson says Hod is not a current freelance contractor of CBS and never pitched the outing of Schock to anyone at the network. In an email to Gawker, Hod confirmed that he left CBS News two years ago and never pitched a story relating to Schock to CBS or any other news network.
Early yesterday, Hod — who is also gay — posted a long note on Facebook wondering why no journalist has ever outed Schock, who he claims has been caught by a journalist in the shower with his male roommate as well as in gay bars by TMZ. “Doesn’t the media have an OBLIGATION to expose hypocrisy?” he asks: