Schock & Awe: Fans Of 'Hot Freshman' Have Trouble Focusing : It's All Politics Are you a fan of freshman Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), recently named by readers of the Huffington Post blog as Congress' "hottest freshman"? At a constitutional subcommittee hearing today, some attendees came to life when he spoke.
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Schock & Awe: Fans Of 'Hot Freshman' Have Trouble Focusing

Aaron Schock is a freshman Republican from Illinois who won the House seat vacated by Ray LaHood (R) last year. Before coming to Congress, he spent four years on the Peoria Board of Education and four in the Illinois state House. But he's probably best known, according to a poll by readers of the Huffington Post blog, as Congress' "Hottest Freshman."

I have a sense that's what attracted some to today's meeting of the Joint House-Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. The agenda: to talk about Sen. Russ Feingold's (D-WI) proposed amendment that would take away the gubernatorial power to fill U.S. Senate vacancies. These meetings don't typically fire romantic imaginations. But for two young women, Wednesday's subcommittee hearing had a special feature: One of the witnesses was the 27-year-old bachelor Schock himself.

The women appeared equally entranced, says our spy at the hearing, filling notebook pages with Schock's name, hearts and curlicues and rustling with excitement when the congressman testified about Feingold's proposed amendment. (And I have this confirmed: They didn't have the same reaction when Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI] spoke.)

Is this Hot or What??

One can only imagine what went on at today's meeting of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises!!