On Friday, the Loop helpfully pointed out there existed on the Internet a shirtless picture of Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) that he posted on his private Instagram feed. In it, Schock – looking more GQ than CQ – is surfing in Hawaii before leaving for a week-long codel to Asia.

Monday morning, on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski chided Schock for the picture, which shows him “sculpted perfectly and the angle is just right and you Instagramed it,” she said in her faux-motherly tone.


Schock said he’s “never been bashful about being in shape.” Then with perfect political pivot, he announced he’s launching a fitness caucus in Congress on Tuesday to focus on how eating well and working out can drive down health care costs. A quick Google search suggests he actually started that caucus a year ago with Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), so we’re awaiting clarification.

UPDATE: Though Schock said he was launching the caucus Tuesday, his office tells us he meant that he was holding a caucus event to release the findings of a study that gave American youth a D- for overall physical activity.

The morning news show panel let Schock discuss actual policy for several minutes, but Brezezinski couldn’t help but circle back to the topless picture at the end of the segment. She was shocked that the young congressman had put the picture up himself, and that it wasn’t the action of a misguided staffer. The photo made him seem “needy,” she said.

“Other people have to post hot pictures of you, not you, okay?” Brzezinksi said. “Take the advice from Mika.”

“I’ll keep that in mind, thanks.” Schock said.

Something tells us the “Morning Joe” lecture will not deter Schock from showing off his six-pack.