HIGHLAND - GOP Congressional candidate Jason Plummer denounced his Democrat opponent as “out-of-touch” and “intentionally deceiving the voters of Southern Illinois” following Democrat Bill Enyarts comments at the September 20 debate in Marion.
During the debate, Blagojevich-appointee Bill Enyart stated that "three new coal mines" would be opening in the Mount Vernon area between 2011 and 2013. Facts are stubborn things, and the truth is that there are no planned or operating coal mines in Jefferson County. In fact, Jefferson County has seen at least three coal mines close over the last several decades due to the policies that Enyart will support in Congress.
“It's not surprising to see my opponent intentionally deceiving the voters of Southern Illinois,” Plummer said. “Since his late entry into the race, he has repeatedly peddled mistruths as fact, and this is unfortunately just another example of him not being honest with the voters of Southern Illinois.”
Enyart's comments came on the day that Illinois' statewide unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent, a full point higher than the national average. The 12th District's unemployment rate is unacceptably higher than both the state and national rate at 10.2 percent. On Thursday night, Enyart stated that the economy was getting better, despite the ominous jobs reports.
“While my opponent is solely focused on me, my focus is on the residents of Southern Illinois,” Plummer said. “Southern Illinoisans deserves a Congressman who will be honest with them. If he's going to be dishonest with the voters when he's asking for their vote, what will he do once he's in office?”