February 4th, 2009
01:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Liberal site's readers vote Republican 'Hottest Freshman'

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – Who says bipartisanship is dead?

Readers of the liberal Web site the Huffington Post have crossed ideological lines and voted Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock the “Hottest Freshman” in the 111th Congress.

At age 27, Schock also has the distinction of being the youngest member of Congress.

Although nearly 10,000 votes were cast in the site’s poll, Schock suggested that he might have gotten some help from some participants who weren’t exactly unbiased. “It’s flattering,” the congressman said in a statement Wednesday. “Apparently my friends and family have a lot of time on their hands.”

Schock hails from Peoria, Illinois and represents the state’s 18th District in the House of Representatives.

Related: TIME.com: The First Gen Y Congressman

Filed under: Aaron Schock • Congress
soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. Nacho Cheese

    Kate: "I'm a registered Democrat and I would definitely hit that. You don't have to ask me twice."

    Seconding the motion! Though I hate to say, him being a part of the GOP is a major turn-off... maybe if I could tape his mouth shut. 😉

    February 4, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Give the young man a chance do something good for the country

    February 4, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Jared

    I'm an ardent Delaware liberal, but this story made me smile.

    Always nice to see someone be self-deprecating....GOP or Dems .

    Guy can't be ALL bad if he can make jokes at his own expense...

    February 4, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    Is this really newsworthy CNN?

    February 4, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Satan

    Why are you so silly as to demonize political parties?

    February 4, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. peorian

    Sorry ladies, Betty Anne is correct, he plays for the other team!

    February 4, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Nick The Photographer

    Your comment is awaiting moderation. Always stuck in moderation.

    Sorry girls, word on the street here in Central IL is, that he's just not that into your gender. Another Sen. Larry Craig if you get my gist. Well, maybe he'll pull a Ted Haggerd and pray the gay away.

    February 4, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Derrick

    And we care about this because WHY..........?

    CNN, you are taking your eye off what really matters here in the U.S.A.

    February 4, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Chad

    I'd do 'em

    February 4, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Amber

    Funny how the people criticizing Matt's comment about Republican social policy don't have wombs themselves.

    Guess the problem's already solved for you guys since you can't have an abortion...

    February 4, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Darko

    Illinois has a GOP congressman??? That's one step in the right direction.

    February 4, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Doug

    Libs don't even know him, yet a majority of liberal Democrats in America, as the example shown on this site, have an evil hatrid against this young man and probably wish for the death of not just him but his family as well.

    If you saw the story about the trampling death in that Walmart in Long Island and wondered how that could ever happen, well that area is made up of a majority of liberal Democrats, and as you can see they have no decency nor care about their fellow Americans that they don't know personally. If you are a decent human being, you simply cannot side with them ever.

    February 4, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Angie in Pa

    WHO CARES?????????????????????

    February 4, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Noah

    Liberals will never leave a chance to attack a conservative. That is all Liberals are good for, other than spending everyone else's money. This guy is a good looking conservative so that has to mean he is gay. I thought Liberals were open and accepting of everyone? Even if that were true, why would you attack him for it? I thought you were all about diversity? MORE HYPOCRISY

    February 4, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Jill from Brooklyn

    He kinda looks like Aaron Eckhart in 'Thank you for smoking'. Good looking kid, but beady eyes.


    February 4, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. ??????

    Another James Buchanan?

    February 4, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. MK

    Finally CNN. Some news worth reporting. And some say the mainstream media is dead! lol

    February 4, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. MK

    CNN is on top of this story. Way to go mainstream media!!!!! News worth reporting.

    February 4, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. Matt

    @ Steve (the real one), who said "He would tell them to be responsible and stop using abortions as a method of birth control!"

    That's what we call a euphamism. What you really meant to say is that he, like the rest of the GOP, would try to legislate that people act as though they believe what the GOP believes. Doesn't matter if you believe it or not...they just want to make sure you act as though you do.

    February 4, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Jeremy

    This is not newsworthy. At all.

    February 4, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. bets?

    How long before he is outed?

    February 4, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Matt

    @ Bob in PA

    Right. GOP SAYS it believes in personal responsibility. That's why they naively think the "free market" can regulate itself without government oversight and want to give giant corporations millions and millions in tax cuts. The reality is, the GOP is pushing for tax cuts right now because they knew Obama would rein in their buddies' excessive compensation packages if they accepted more bailout money, so they're trying to flip it...give them $350B in tax cuts they can spend on themselves for bonuses, etc., without oversight...just liek the first $350B that had no oversight under a GOP administration. Tax cuts and spending both reduce the capital available to the gov't...but the latter can have strings attached to make sure people behave themselves....and as we've already seen, greed just happens to overpower your precious personal responsibility.

    February 4, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. Jackson, Seattle

    Doug February 4th, 2009 3:46 pm ET

    Libs don't even know him, yet a majority of liberal Democrats in America, as the example shown on this site, have an evil hatrid against this young man and probably wish for the death of not just him but his family as well.

    Sorry Doug, I am a liberal democrat. As a man in his mid 40's, I must say I am nothing but impressed that someone of his age cares enough about national politics to actually get involved at this level. My faith in the younger generation has been restored. I hope he inspires other 20-something of BOTH parties to get more actively involved. That is what our country is all about, and it is best when *all* points of view are represented in our congress.

    February 4, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. june in Fl

    Who cares if Aaron is "on the other team" as some said, or that he is w/ the GOP, or from outer space. As a democrat, I am happy to see the young generation take part in the decisions & responsibilities of this messed up country of ours. I'm sure he will have much more in common w/ our president than the senior aged senators & house reps.

    February 4, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. fine, have fun

    now get to work

    February 4, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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