Constituent believes Rep. Casten is 'pushing his own agenda' by joining Trump impeachment effort
Downers Grove resident Colleen Murphy sees little resemblance in U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (D-Downers Grove) and the man that voters in her community thought they were electing to represent them in the 6th Congressional District.
“I see extreme disappointment in Casten because he was elected on the basis of improving health care, pushing gun reform and campaign finance reform,” she told the DuPage Policy Journal. “He’s done nothing on any of those issues.”
Instead, Murphy laments how the freshmen lawmaker, who knocked off incumbent Peter Roskam with nearly 54 percent of the vote last November, has now joined three Democratic lawmakers calling for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
“The call for impeachment is mostly pushing his own agenda and not about us,” Murphy said of Casten, who, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, faces one of the toughest reelection campaigns in the country for House Democrats in 2020. “I even think he’s been quoted as saying this is something he needs to do.”
Murphy said the people of the district would be much better served by Casten focusing on the things he promised as a candidate last fall, rather than throwing his hat into the impeachment ring for selfish political reasons.
“The exact things he was elected on,” she said. “Any one of those things would be great. Unless he is privy to information that hundreds of FBI agents don’t have, I just think it’s just more political noise."
Casten's fellow Democratic legislator, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston), has also joined the call for an impeachment probe.
“The impeachment inquiry will actually enable us to get more information, more documents,” she told the Chicago Sun-Times in a video. “This is a personal decision on my part.”