Jason Plummer, the GOP nominee for the 12th U.S. House District seat, on Friday accused Democratic challenger Bill Enyart of being “out of touch” on unemployment.
The state’s unemployment rate for July rose to 8.9 percent — up from 8.7 percent in June. It was the second month in a row the rate increased after nine months of falling unemployment, according to figures released Thursday by Illinois Department of Employment Security. A year ago, the jobless rate was 10. 1 percent in Illinois.
“We really need to make sure that we have folks in Washington that are in touch with what’s going on economically,” Plummer said during a media teleconference Friday afternoon. “We can’t have people who are blinded by partisan loyalties when we have such an economic crisis going on. It’s really stunning to see how out of touch some people are.”
The Enyart campaign responded to Plummer’s remarks by calling for Plummer to follow Enyart’s “lead as a problem-solver who wants to fix the economy and attract and save good jobs in Southern Illinois,” according to a press statement. “We challenge Plummer to share how much he stands to personally profit from the tax breaks for millionaires he supports.”
Enyart last month released 11 years’ worth of tax returns and called on Plummer to do the same, but the GOP candidate has declined.
Jason Plummer is out-of-touch with the middle class, just like Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, Eric Cantor, John Boehner, and the GOP.