September 26, 2018 Press Releases


Casten Campaign Releases First #RoskamStories Ad Highlighting History of Peter Roskam Avoiding His Constituents

(Downers Grove, IL) September 26, 2018 – The Casten Campaign released their first #RoskamStories ad highlighting then-Senator Peter Roskam dismissing his constituents, showing a pattern and history of avoiding his voters, not holding town hall meetings, and neglecting his duty to hear people out.

When Peter Roskam was a State Senator, he categorically dismissed his constituent requesting that Peter Roskam support protections for his gay parents. Instead of hearing out his concerns, Peter Roskam immediately disregarded his concerns. Peter ultimately became a leading opponent of the legislation, further evidence of his long standing extreme conservative positions against the rights of gays and lesbians that are out of step with the mainstream values of this district

“For over ten years, Peter Roskam has refused to hold a public town hall. Now, we have further historical proof that he has never listened to his constituents,” said Greg Bales, Campaign Manager for Sean Casten. “When a resident of your district travels all the way to your office in Springfield or Washington, you should make time for them. Instead, Peter Roskam puts his hand in their faces, waves them off, and dismisses them. That’s not what it means to be an elected official, and Peter Roskam proves he’s not cut out to serve.”

Sean Casten has pledged to hold a minimum of four town hall meetings every year in his district if elected. Peter Roskam and Sean Casten have debated four times outside of the Sixth Congressional District, and only once in front of a live audience. Most recently, the Daily Herald offered to hold the meeting in public, but Peter Roskam refused. Peter Roskam has turned down five invitations to joint forums in district, all of which Sean Casten accepted:

  • Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th on August 6th

  • League of Women Voters of McHenry County on September 10th

  • League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn on September 16th

  • League of Women Voters of Elgin on October 2nd

  • League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area on October 6th