Say goodbye to the shirtless ziplining posts. In the past month, Rep. Aaron Schock's (R-Ill.) Instagram account has become incredibly boring.
It's to be expected. Schock's notorious Instagram was used against him by the Associated Press, which tracked his travels on donor aircraft through his posts to report out a story on his lavish travel; at a hastily announced, last-minute news conference in Illinois last week, Schock said his photos "can create the misimpression of being out of touch."
The lavish -- and, let's be honest, fun -- lifestyle depicted on Schock's Instagram and in public records has raised questions about the congressman's ethics and whether he broke federal campaign rules, questions that now threaten his job. National Review called him a "crook," conservative blogger Erick Erickson wrote that Schock needs to resign, and he's now being challenged by a fellow Republican for his seat.
So gone are the selfies with pop stars, the exotic vacation shots, and backstage photos at cool concerts. Schock has hired a crisis communications firm, according to Politico, and his Instagram has now become a lot more bland, with the kinds of unoffensive but feel-good pics most politicians put on Insta.
Here's a few examples of what Schock has posted in the past month:
1. Speaking to schoolchildren, who are the #futureleaders of our great nation
A photo posted by Aaron Schock (@aaronschock) on Mar 10, 2015 at 6:59pm PDT
2. Smiling with employees at a local business
Learning from the guys on the line at DESTIHL Brewery in Bloomington. In seven years they have grown from a handful of employees to 165. They expect to double their sales this year and next adding more jobs and economic development to the region. Their biggest concern: government interference. Look for their products on shelves at your local grocery or liquor store. #buylocal A photo posted by Aaron Schock (@aaronschock) on Mar 10, 2015 at 5:40am PDT
3. Listening to members of our military
Wishing our troops well and thanking their families as the Bartonville 419 battalion heads to the Middle East. #freedomisnotfree
A photo posted by Aaron Schock (@aaronschock) on Feb 21, 2015 at 7:20am PST
4. Attending a panel
Thanks to Shamere McKenzie for sharing her personal story of surviving sex trafficking at our forum last night. A student at Loyola University - she reminds us all that this can happen in any community. Her honesty and resilience amazed us all. #notforsale A photo posted by Aaron Schock (@aaronschock) on Feb 18, 2015 at 5:54am PST
Schock will be at the South by Southwest conference this weekend, speaking on a panel titled "Millennials: The Unstoppable Force." Snoop Dogg and RZA will also be at the conference, but if Schock runs into them in Austin, don't expect to find out about it on Instagram. Unfortunately.
Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the group Schock met with in photo No. 3.