Plummer, Enyart stock up for November election
The two candidates aiming to succeed U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello in the 12th Congressional District are stocking for what could be a competitive – and expensive – fall campaign.
Republican Jason Plummer took in $291,357.75 in monetary contributions during the fundraising quarter, a total that includes a $50,000 loan. After spending $130,798.50, Plummer has about $216,420.16 of cash on hand.
William Enyart – a Belleville resident who recently stepped down from leading the Illinois National Guard – took in $177,990 in his first two weeks in the contest. After spending only $1,255 during the quarter, Enyart has $176,734 of cash on hand.
The battle for the 12th District – which includes a portion of the Metro East and part of southern Illinois – is expected to be highly competitive. Both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Campaign Committee are expected to invest money in the race, which could be used to run advertisements throughout the district.
Enyart became the Democratic nominee after former St. Clair Superintendent of Schools Brad Harriman dropped out of the contest due to health reasons.
Enyart and Plummer have been sparring with each other from afar since the Belleville attorney stepped in as the Democratic nominee in June. Plummer chastised Enyart for voicing opposition to repealing the federal health care bill. Plummer recently appeared with U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA, and U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, to criticize Enyart on energy policy.
Meanwhile Enyart is pressing for Plummer to release his tax returns, something that the R.P. Lumber executive has refused to do throughout the election cycle. After Enyart released his tax returns, Plummer told The Southern “I want to be talking about issues and not tax returns.”
[Both Harriman and Plummer’s Republican rivals released their tax returns, which was aimed at getting Plummer to follow suit. Plummer has stated that his personal finance statement – which he’s required to file – is sufficient.]
Plummer is obviously not the only Republican dealing with the issue. Democrats – and some Republicans – have pressed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns.