Even with public allegations of mismanagement and fraud marring his business record, Sean Casten brags that the only job he has ever held has been as the CEO of a company. Casten goes even further, demeaning workers who aren’t chief executives and flat out saying he doesn’t cooperate well with others.

In a recent podcast, he said:

The thing that scares me most is that I have been nothing but a CEO for 16 years, and I’m basically applying for a job to be a middle manager in a large bureaucracy.


During the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, Casten was even more bombastic, saying “I’ve always been a CEO. I don’t know how to take orders from people very well.” At the Editorial Board’s mock job interview, Casten disqualified himself for the job of representing more than 700,000 voters and working with 534 other Representatives and Senators.

Sean Casten has also been caught repeatedly covering up unethical business dealings that landed him neck-deep in legal battles—including allegations of fraud, mismanagement and breach of fiduciary duty brought on by his own investors. Crain’s Chicago Business and the Chicago Tribune conducted in-depth investigations of Casten’s so-called “reign of error” as CEO. Contrary to the dishonest claims he told press, when Casten drove his business into the ground, he arranged for his family and preferred investors to make millions in profit, while leaving other investors with nothing.

“Sean Casten’s investors say he cooked the books, mismanaged the company, and diverted millions to his own family. That’s the same kind of corruption that landed four out of the last nine Illinois governors in jail,” said Roskam for Congress Spokesman Veronica Vera. The Sixth District needs a Representative who does know how to work well with others. Casten says that’s not him. It’s as simple as that.”