Peter Roskam Reflects on Last Debate with Sean Casten

From the campaign of Congressman Peter Roskam:

Casten tells WSJ he’s inspired by a sex columnist and activist who blackmailed a mayor

Casten praises using “any means necessary” to win

WHEATON, IL — The Wall Street Journal shadowed Sean Casten for an event, but stepped into a disturbing, no-holds barred discussion of Casten’s radical role models—known for illegal and unethical political tactics.

When asked to name one leader who most inspires him, Casten chose Dan Savage, a controversial sex columnist, known for violent anti-Republican rhetoric. Casten tellsThe Wall Street Journal he admires Savage’s “righteous indignation” and “awesome sense of humor,”—specifically praising an act of slander against 2012 Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum as a prime example.

When confronted about his infatuation with Savage during the WTTW debate with Peter Roskam, Casten doubled down again stating, “The person that I embraced, and I will stand [by] to this day, is Dan Savage.”

Who is Dan Savage?

In a stream of consciousness with WSJ, Casten segued into an “inspiring” story of a radical activist who threatened to blackmail and humiliate Mayor Ed Koch for political action—a story that had Casten in stitches, and the reporter mystified.

Casten summed up the dark interview with a threatening conclusion: The Savages of the world are needed to use “any means necessary” to achieve a political aim. While Casten shares in Savage’s dark humor, they also partake in similar vicious rhetoric and contempt toward the Republican voters who make up a huge swath of residents in the district Casten hopes to represent.

Is Casten emulating his role models?

“Of all the leaders in the world that Casten could have chosen, he most looks up to Dan Savage, someone who has literally said he wishes all Republicans were dead and uses brutally violent rhetoric toward Republican candidates—and let’s not forget his other ‘inspiring’ leader, the activist who blackmailed a mayor,” said Roskam for Congress Spokesman Veronica Vera.

“These are the people he admires the most, not bipartisan leaders, not an educator or even a scientist. He idolizes individuals that are radical and completely out of step with this district.

“It’s clear that Sean Casten would make things in Washington a lot worse.”


Peter Roskam Reflects on Last Debate with Sean Casten — 3 Comments

  1. I read the interview with Sean Casten and was appalled. Casten states clearly that the end justifies the means and that if you think you’re right, lying and threatening are both acceptable.

    Here is the exact excerpt from the article:

    “In the 1980s, [Casten] says, an activist was trying to get New York’s Mayor Ed Koch to take a strong stance on the AIDS crisis. Koch, who always deflected rumors he was gay, kept demurring. So the activist, in Mr. Casten’s telling, played hardball: “Finally he went to Koch, and he goes, ‘Here’s the deal. I’m going to tell the Daily News tomorrow that I had sex with you in a bathhouse last night unless you do f—ing something about this AIDS crisis, because my goddamn friends are dying.’ ”

    The result? “Koch stepped up,” Mr. Casten recounts, laughing. “And sometimes the world needs that, right? I’m not saying that’s necessarily me.” But at times, he believes, the Savages are on the right side of history: “There’s points where people who are willing to go beyond the norms of discourse have an advantage, if nobody’s willing to go there. And sometimes you need people who will say, ‘You know what, I’ll meet you out there in that world, and I’m going to bring you back in, and I’ll use any means necessary.’ ”


    Casten LAUGHED about the Koch story. He LAUGHED! I can’t fathom voting for anyone who feels that way. I don’t care if they’re Republican or Democrat, the position is morally repugnant.

    This has been the ugliest campaign season that I can remember, and I’m 65. Negative campaigning has been taken to a whole new level in the last couple of years.

    Frankly, I think the people are sick of it and I don’t think it’s going to work in the future as well as it has to date because people are wising up. I think the best thing a candidate can do, when attacked this way, is to run ads providing the facts and exposing the level to which his or her opponents will go to lie to the voters. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I’m old fashioned and no longer realistic. But I hope not.

  2. Marxism/Fascism masquerading as the party of “civility”.

    Yes, DEMOCRATS are sick twisted bastards – one and all.

  3. Mr. Willson are you that guy in the Dennis the Menace comic strip?

    Anyway, YOU’RE RIGHT ON TARGET about cultural Marxists like the creep Casten.

    And here’s my segue into my short video to educate people about the great existential danger of Casten and his Red Friends’ pose to our culture:

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