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Plummer jumps into crowded field

Monday, Oct 23, 2017

* He’s ba-ack

* Plummer appears to be taking the Jim Oberweis route. Run statewide, run for US House then run for Illinois Senate

Jason Plummer, of Edwardsville, confirmed on Facebook he is seeking the seat being vacated by state Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, who said he is not running for re-election. […]

Plummer is the fourth candidate to jump into the Republican primary for the 54th state senate district. Also running are Rafael Him of New Baden, Ben Stratemeyer of Centralia, and George Barber, the Greenville University men’s basketball coach.

Plummer, the vice president of R.P. Lumber, was the lieutenant governor nominee when state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, ran for governor in 2010. Brady lost to former governor Pat Quinn.

In 2012, he was the GOP candidate in the 12th congressional district and lost to Democrat Bill Enyart, of Belleville.

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  1. - Quick - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 12:50 pm:

    Smelling salts, OW just fainted!

  2. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 12:51 pm:

    Well this should keep Willy busy for the foreseeable future. /s

  3. - Iggy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 12:55 pm:

    should be a slam dunk win for Plumber, hoping he has matured a bit since his last runs for office. but one cant help but wonder what is the end game for a guy like this? has he gone underground enough that after some time in the Illinois state Senate will he be able to return to a bigger stage? best of luck JP, you probably wont need it though.

  4. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 12:58 pm:

    ===Plummer appears to be taking the Jim Oberweis route. Run statewide, run for US House then run for Illinois Senate…===

    You took away my lede.

    Dear Jason,

    Welcome back. I’ve missed you. I got the Rauners a whole HBO series, man what you can parlay this into is boundless.

    You’re a gift, Jason, an absolute gift.

    @FakeJasonPlummer - So I was told IL has one of those Senate things to, like DC. That’s cool. I’ll just represent Illinois in that senate & meet colleagues from like everywhere #ComfusedCommitment

  5. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:00 pm:

    ===…you probably wont need it though.===

    @FakeJasonPlummer - Yeah, This might fit the right price range where I can do the least amount of damage to Illinois. #ParkingPlummer

  6. - Iggy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:05 pm:

    OW, please provide context on your dislike for JP. I was not living in Illinois during his run for LT gov. So i know very little about him other than the fact he has a ton of money and can easily self fund a hard R state senate race. I am not being sarcastic at all please provide a history lesson, Mr. Burgundy seems to be aware of your disdain but others including myself might not.

  7. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:08 pm:

    @FakeJasonPlummer - I wouldn’t say I lost a lot of races, I think the voters felt the greater the office I wanted, the more my talents would be wasted with all that or something #LowerExpectations

    @FakeJasonPlummer - since you last heard from me I’ve had 3 new job titles and a bigger snack fridge brought into my office, so you could say I’ve been moving up #PlummerPromotion

  8. - Blue dog dem - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:10 pm:

    It’s great to have a blue collar trade union guy running.

  9. - wordslinger - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:15 pm:

    He had the money and made the effort to win a statewide GOP contested primary.

    Plummer remains the only GOP candidate at any level I’ve ever received direct mail from in 25 years at the same address.

  10. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:18 pm:

    ===It’s great to have a blue collar trade union guy running===

    Is this… Snark?

    @FakeJasonPlummer - I do believe in the Trades. Just last week I traded Joe Flacco for Mitch Trubisky in my fantasy football league. #FantasyOwner

  11. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:20 pm:

    - Iggy -

    Think Ole Slip and Sue, but wealthy and entitled by “birth”, and ill prepared by any measure to run the 5th largest state in America.

  12. - IAMBLANKING - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:22 pm:

    Please re-post this. It’s the best.

    Jason Plummer - *So Watcha Sayin, Plummer? [REMIX]*

  13. - VanillaMan - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:25 pm:

    Hey, if JB can do it, so can Jay-Jay.

  14. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:30 pm:

    @FakeJasonPlummer - I got wise as I turned 30. The fewer people that can vote against me ,or I need to fool, the better chance I get to be elected and stuff. #PlummerPool

  15. - Revolver - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:40 pm:

    —but wealthy and entitled by “birth”, and ill prepared by any measure to run the 5th largest state in America.—

    Harsh takedown of JB there Willy

  16. - ZC - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:42 pm:

    As Peter Fitzgerald showed, far better to try these in reverse order.

  17. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:44 pm:

    ===Harsh takedown of JB there Willy===

    No. Keep up.

    At 27, did JB think he could run the 5th largest state in America?

    Further, if you’d like, I’ll pull up the Diana Rauner quote, speaking glowingly how JB, and his foundation and the family have been leaders and been committed to people.

    Jason was committed to getting a free ride at 27 and not acknowledging he couldn’t be prepared to run Illinois.


  18. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:47 pm:

    –At 27, did JB think he could run the 5th largest state in America?–

    Speaking for myself, I have a hard time believing anyone at 27 could run a state. Anyone. And a lot of things significantly smaller than a state.

  19. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:48 pm:

    ==It’s great to have a blue collar trade union guy running==

    See now THAT is a very funny joke, because no one anywhere would ever consider the heir to the RP Lumber fortune - a guy who is the literal embodiment of the old joke about a kid born with a silver foot in his mouth - a “regular blue collar” anything, much less a trades union supporter. You sir are a riot.

  20. - Iggy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:50 pm:


    I see your point. I guess at 30 what ever he cant be to destructive in one of the most irrelevant state Senate seats in the most irrelevant of the 4 caucuses.

  21. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:51 pm:

    Jason is humble, and yet so sure of himself…


    ===PLUMMER: Experience in state government, sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s not so great. And I think right now people really want that outsider perspective.

    And Plummer says he’d be ready to serve as governor if the situation arose, pointing to his experience in the naval reserve and his work as an executive at his family’s lumber company.

    PLUMMER: You know, I’d gladly match my leadership and my executive experience up to most anybody’s.===

  22. - illini97 - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 1:55 pm:

    His campaign committee is currently $1.29 million in the hole? Maybe this run is just to cover his bills?

  23. - Iggy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 2:03 pm:

    ==currently $1.29 million in the hole?==

    why would the son of the owner a half billion dollar company need to run a fake campaign to cover the bills?

  24. - Dave W - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 2:04 pm:

    Plummer will win this primary easily.

  25. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 2:07 pm:

    ===Plummer will win this primary easily.===

    - Dave W -,

    Who has announced and what makes you believe this?


  26. - Avelt - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 2:24 pm:

    Kind of hypocritical of some people to harp on a guy like Plummer for being involved in his family business but not Dem politicians and union leadership who got their positions because of family ties.

  27. - Dave W - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 2:28 pm:

    OW: 3 other guys with no chance of winning now that Plummer has entered the race. You seem to have some really weird obsession with him, but he and his family are still highly respected in southern IL. He easily takes 50-60% of the vote in this primary, with the other three (Him, Barber and Stratmeyer) divvying up the rest.

  28. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 2:41 pm:

    - Avelt -

    Plummer is as “terrible” as others.

    I can see that.

  29. - Mac C - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 3:02 pm:

    I don’t always agree with Oswego Willy, but when I do, it’s all in.

    I’m from Macoupin, and I remember feeling ashamed watching his advertisements the last time he ran for office.

    I don’t hope so much that he’s matured for a 2018 run, as I just hope he drops out of the race and stays out of politics for as long as I’m breathing.

  30. - Blue dog dem - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 3:10 pm:

    OW. Yes. Snark. Hes as anti union as it gets.

  31. - Blue dog dem - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 3:11 pm:

    Dave w. Highly respected? Really? Better not take a vote on that one.

  32. - Carhartt Union Negotiating Team - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 3:13 pm:

    Jason, zero in on a single slogan buddy. I do love the choices -

    “Get the Job Done.” - What job are you getting done though?
    “Protect Our Communities.” - From what?
    “Defend Our Values.” - And what are those values?

    I’m confident your family is really looking forward to having you away from the store for a while. Not having to explain everything over and over again for you will make quarterly business meetings and earnings reporting go a lot quicker.

    Good Luck Padawan!

  33. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 3:15 pm:

    ===Yes. Snark. Hes as anti union as it gets===


    Just needed another zinger so we can tell is all.

    (Hat tip to - Mac C -)

    I’m still waiting for Jason to come down and thank volunteers from his last run instead of sulking at his own defeat.

  34. - @MisterJayEm - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 3:21 pm:

    Tolko Industries Ltd. is a privately owned Canadian forest products company based in British Columbia (in case you too were wondering about the giant logo repeated in the candidate’s kickoff photo).

    – MrJM

  35. - Ahoy! - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 3:47 pm:

    Just keep running until you win something.

  36. - Midstate Indy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 3:53 pm:

    34 words in that ad and none were ‘Heritage Foundation’ or ‘Lawsuit’

  37. - Anonymous - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 4:07 pm:

    Willy, watch Gomorrah on Netflix. Subtitled, Italiano mafia pic.
    Excellente. “Ah-cah-pe” vs our “Capiche?”

  38. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 4:16 pm:

    Netflix is serious good. Binging lots on the Netflix, I’ll add one more.

    When you start breaking towards Sicilian, true Sicilians and Italians let others know “There is a difference. Not the same”

    Always cool to see the subtleties and where we “next generation” paisan Italians differ.

  39. - DuPage Bard - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 5:10 pm:

    Tommy Boy rides again.
    Did Plummer announce by calling the press through a walkie talkie?
    It takes lots of people eight years to graduate college. Yes they’re called doctors.
    It’d be awesome if Plummers luggage as he went town to town was a black hefty bag full of his literature.
    We could save money on mileage if we didn’t always have to go through Atlanta, I mean Georgia is really a long way to pass through to get to Springfield.

  40. - Chief of Staff - Monday, Oct 23, 17 @ 8:34 pm:

    all of his staged campaign pictures are from his previous campaign.

  41. - Downstate - Tuesday, Oct 24, 17 @ 8:52 am:

    Working for father’s company.
    Looking for an elected office.
    Rather large in size.
    Throwing family money at the race.

    Plummer is the JB Pritzker of the Republican Party!

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