Campaign 2010

Oct 11, 2012

Breaking: Jason Plummer Admits He Lied in Last Night’s Debate

 Unexplained millionaire Jason Plummer just admitted today he lied in last night’s when he claimed Democratic TV ads had been pulled down. Cap Fax first caught Plummer in the lie about TV ads and pointed out Plummer lied about his business experience last night as well. In fact, Plummer lied about a series of issues in last night’s debate that ranged from claiming that he doesn’t support plans to end the Medicare guarantee just to give tax breaks to millionaires like himself and companies that outsource jobs to claiming Illinois voters don’t deserve to know his tax rate.

“Since Jason Plummer admits he lied in last night’s debate, will he come clean on all the other lies he told during this campaign like how his policy experience was really an internship and how he’s never had to work for anything?” asked Haley Morris of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Voters already know Plummer lied about his business experience when he ran for office before, and he still is hiding his financial information. It appears Plummer’s statement about running “an honest campaign” is just another lie as well.”

Background

Plummer Refused to Release His Tax Returns, Falsely Claims All His Financial Information is Publicly Available. In an October 10, 2012 debate Plummer again refused to release his tax rates, and falsely claimed “anything that people want to know about my assets, my investments, any liabilities, anything I have, it’s all public information you can go look it up.” In reality, Plummer has never released his tax returns. [Belleville News-Democrat’s 12th Congressional District Debate, 10/10/12; St. Louis Post Dispatch, 2/23/12]

Plummer Touts Business Experience, But He Never Worked Anywhere but the Family Business. During an October 11, 2012 debate Plummer said that voters of Illinois’ 12th Congressional District should send a small businessman to Congress.  Plummer said, “I’d argue you send a small businessman to Washington, D.C., a small businessman who understands public policy.” The Chicago Tribune has previously reported, however, that other than his internships, Plummer had never worked anywhere but the family business, RP Lumber.  In addition, Plummer has been repeatedly caught exaggerating his resume. [Belleville News-Democrat’s 12th Congressional District Debate, 10/10/12; Chicago Tribune, 10/10/10; Chicago Tribune, 2/13/10; State Journal-Register, 2/11/10]

Plummer Claimed His Internship Made Him an Authority on Tax Policy.  At a town hall event in June 2012, Plummer touted his internship experience at the Heritage Foundation claiming that he wrote several papers on tax loopholes. Plummer said, “I think that we have to tackle the loopholes that exist, and the interesting thing about me is you can find papers that I wrote a long time ago, dating back to ’05 at the Heritage Foundation, and things I worked on then, that talked about the fact that the loopholes were being exploited.” His experience at the Heritage Foundation, however, was only an internship. According to Brian Darling, a Heritage Foundation official, interns like Plummer spent a lot of their time “dragging around food for meetings and making copies.” [Carbondale Town Hall, 6/15/12; Chicago Tribune, 2/13/10]

Plummer Lied About Endorsing Paul Ryan’s Plan.  In an October 10, 2012 debate Plummer denied endorsing vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s budget plan.  In reality, during a June 2012 town hall, Plummer was asked if he supported the Ryan plan.  He answered “The specifics of it are pretty simple. I think that the Ryan plan aggressively addresses basically every entitlement program that we have. […] I think the benefits of the Ryan plan are pretty obvious.  They aggressively put Social Security in a situation where it will actually be there for people that are retiring.  It puts Medicare in a situation that it will actually be there to fund the healthcare needs of the people that it’s there for.  The negatives of the Ryan care are very political to be frank.” [The Southern, 10/11/12; Alton Town Hall, 6/12/12, 2:07]


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