Congressional District 6 voters take Casten tweets to task in new Roskam ad
A new digital ad from the campaign of U.S. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) scrutinizes a series of Sean Casten's tweets and debates statements.
The ad features seven women reading statements Casten, the Democratic challenger to Roskam’s 6th District U.S. House seat, has either tweeted or made during televised debates or in other public forums.
“While Casten calls his nasty, divisive rhetoric ‘just his sense of humor,’ few residents are laughing,” a Roskam for Congress press release states.
The video begins with a mock movie-style rating of “R” for “violent, sexual and offensive content.”
Then, a woman reads a statement Casten made at the Wheaton Meet & Greet earlier this year.
“It’s basically a socially liberal district that has a lot of white people who don’t like to pay taxes,” she states. “He’s right about one thing: I don’t like to pay taxes.”
Another woman in the ad reads a Casten Tweet: “Finally, we have identified the GOP donor base … the top 0.2 percent, 80 farmers and morons.”
The woman reading the statement replies: “Apparently, Sean Casten thinks I’m a moron.”
Another woman reads: “Great stuff. Behavioral economics proves we should be having more sex on trains.”
Looking into the camera, the woman says, “I think next time, I’ll drive.”
The final woman in the ad says, “I would never speak to my neighbors that way. If Sean Casten acts this way every day, I do not want him representing me in Congress.”
When challenged on his campaign rhetoric, Casten has publicly stated: “Tweets don’t really matter.” But Roskam spokesperson Veronica Vera said voters are fed up with Casten’s troll-style discord.
“If Sean Casten were a movie, kids would need a parent present just to watch,” Vera said in the press release. “Peter Roskam has a proven track record of working with state and world leaders to solve problems. That’s the choice before voters.”