Casten's association with controversial entrepreneur one of many unsavory alliances, Roskam says
An allegedly illegal vote-buying scheme hatched to support Sean Casten, a Democrat candidate for the 6th U.S. congressional seat, has been referred to the U.S. Department of Justice.
According to a release from U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), Casten’s association with Max Temkin, founder of Cards Against Humanity, is one of several controversial alliances that have dogged Casten. Another was his apparent support of sex columnist and atheist Dan Savage, pointed out by the Family Research Council.
The matter has been referred to the Election Crimes Branch at the U.S. Department of Justice for criminal investigation, according to a press release from Roskam's campaign.
Temkin’s company has recently drawn ire over anti-Semitic content in the card game he markets, leading to its ban by Target stores.
“Casten’s criticisms of bad behavior are partisan and one-sided, as he gladly accepts the financial and political support of Temkin and his company while remaining silent about allegations of rape and his reprehensible jokes about date rape, mass shootings, ethnic cleansing, the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, and the Holocaust,” said Veronica Vera, a Roskam spokesperson. “These are unacceptable views for an elected leader to espouse.
Vera called on Casten to denounce Temkin for “promoting the most disrespectful and hurtful mockery” and to return Temkin’s donations.
Roskam and Casten are both on the ballot to represent Illinois’ 6th District in Congress. The district includes the communities of Crystal Lake, Darien, Elgin, Naperville, Oakbrook Terrace, Rolling Meadows, St. Charles, Warrenville, West Chicago and Wheaton.