Casten silence 'deafening' after supporters allegedly vandalize Roskam yard signs
Video evidence has surfaced allegedly showing a Sean Casten supporter destroying and removing a yard sign for U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), according to a press release from Roskam’s campaign.
The vandalism occurred in Naperville at 8 a.m. on Oct. 18, the release said, and once the man responsible was confronted, he claimed to be taking the sign to another location 20 miles away and not even in Roskam’s district, the release explained.
This incident comes after some 350 reports from Roskam supporters that their yard signs have been stolen or vandalized.
“It’s no surprise his supporters are encouraged to employ the worst sort of under-handed Chicago politics, instead of competing to advance substantive ideas that will benefit our community,” spokesperson Veronica Vera said in the release.
She said Roskam’s campaign has challenged Casten to tell his supporters to stop using personal attacks and vandalism, but called his silence “deafening.”
His actions, however, were in keeping with Casten’s “hateful” rhetoric, according to Vera.
The release listed several cases where Casten used violent or angry language.
Roskam and Casten are vying to represent the 6th U.S. House District, which covers the cities of Crystal Lake, Darien, Elgin, Naperville, Oakbrook Terrace, Rolling Meadows, St. Charles, Warrenville, West Chicago and Wheaton.