Schock responds to negative ads and investigation

By Beau Ebenezer

February 8, 2013 Updated Feb 8, 2013 at 11:31 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- 18th District Congressman Aaron Schock is responding to recent television and radio ads attacking his voting record, along with an investigation accusing him of soliciting larger than allowed campaign donations for a fellow Congressman.

Schock stepped away from the political scene Friday morning to read to a kindergarten class at Kellar Primary School in Peoria. Afterward Schock addressed the recent controversy surrounding him.

That includes a series of attacks from a group called the Jobs and Progress Fund. The group has run multiple ads claiming the Peoria Republican voted for massive tax increases and mountains of debt.

However, Schock believes the commercials have underlying motives.

"The ads are not true," said Schock. "People there have said this has nothing to do with me being in Congress and has everything to do with my state-wide ambitions. I think people are smart enough to draw the conclusion that this about a state-wide race."

The House Ethics Committee is also investigating Schock on allegations that he solicited more than $5,000 in donations to back fellow House Republican, Adam Kinzinger in last year's primary election. Kinzinger went on to win the primary and the general election.

"Based on our own legal opinion, they don't think I did anything wrong, so we feel confident that the process will work itself out," said Schock.

Schock said he believes he will be exonerated by the House committee. As for the negative ads, all the Congressman had to say was he must be doing something right.

"The beauty of it is, as my mother told me that they are only attacking you when you matter," said Schock. "I guess I must matter if someone wants to spend that much money attacking me this early in the political season."

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