Schock’s father says facts will ‘convict or exonerate’ son

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Former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock (Source: Schock.House.Gov)

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock’s father says the facts will “convict or exonerate” his son.

Richard Schock is a Peoria doctor. He told The Associated Press Wednesday that recent investigative reports on the 33-year-old congressman’s lavish spending and improper expense reporting were “untrue” and “absolutely ridiculous.”

Aaron Schock resigned Tuesday. He said in a statement that persistent media reports about his spending had become “a great distraction” that made it too difficult to serve his district.

The Office of Congressional Ethics has reached out to Schock’s associates after apparently beginning an investigation.

Richard Schock told ABC’s Chicago affiliate earlier Wednesday that his son would be successful in the future “if he is not in jail.”

Illinois state Sen. Darin LaHood has emerged as a leading candidate for Schock’s congressional seat.

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