UPDATE: Jackson County State's Attorney Michael Wepsiec said Tuesday he received the complaint from Desoto army veteran Will Attig, alleging voter fraud against Republican 12th congressional district candidate Jason Plummer.
"I'm not sure it's voter fraud, but if anything happened it happened in Madison or St. Clair County," Wepsiec said.
Wepsiec said he advised Attig to file his complaint with one or both of those state's attorneys' offices.
Attig has scheduled a second news conference today in front of the St. Clair County Courthouse in Belleville.
CARBONDALE — An Iraq war veteran claims Republican 12th Congressional District candidate Jason Plummer is guilty of voter fraud and says he intends to file charges with the state’s attorney’s office.
Will Attig, a retired sergeant of the U.S. Army who completed two tours of duty in Iraq, accused Plummer on Monday of claiming a tax break on a permanent residence in Edwardsville but voted in the March primary listing a residence in Fairview Heights. Attig of De Soto said he is filing the charge with the Jackson County state’s attorney’s office in Murphysboro. State’s Attorney Michael Wepsiec could not be reached for comment by deadline Monday to confirm whether or not he had received the complaint.
Attig’s claim echoes the recent accusations of Plummer’s Democratic opponent, Bill Enyart, who Attig admits he has spoken in support of during the campaign.
“I have spoken on behalf of Bill Enyart, and for unions, and for the Democrat party, and also for workers,” Attig said.
Despite his political leanings, Attig said he is filing the voter fraud charge against Plummer on his own behalf, saying the rules should apply to everyone.
Jason Bresler, spokesman for Enyart’s campaign, called Plummer a “tax cheat who thinks he can make his own rules.”
“If Jason Plummer wants to vote for himself then he can’t take a tax break for living somewhere else,” Bresler said. “That’s why people in Southern Illinois who do what’s right can’t afford Plummer’s politics — he’s only out for himself.”
Plummer’s campaign manager, Deb Detmers, fired back against the claims Monday focused on Enyart himself.
“These claims are completely without merit. (Plummer) wanted this to be a campaign about issues, but since that isn’t possible with Enyart’s Blagojevich-style character assassination, (Enyart) can explain how his 26-year-old law school student son owns two homes, including a vacation house in New Mexico, the fact that his family collects at least seven taxpayer-funded pension, and how he still has yet to meet with the O’Fallon Police Department regarding his assault of a sitting female judge,” Detmers said.
Green Party 12th District candidate Paula Bradshaw of Carbondale said she had no comment on the subject Monday.