Disclosing Taxes An Issue In Southern Ill. Race

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O’FALLON, Ill. (AP) – Southern Illinois Republican congressional candidate Jason Plummer is rebuffing his Democratic opponent’s insistence that he open his tax documents to scrutiny.

The Democrat, former Illinois National Guard chief Bill Enyart, says Plummer owes it to voters to demonstrate transparency. Plummer says that demands for him to offer up his tax returns are purposeful distractions from more pressing issues, such as job creation. Plummer has filed a financial disclosure report that is required from anyone seeking federal office.

Enyart already has released a decade of tax returns and challenged Plummer to do the same. But Plummer says disclosing his taxes also would reveal financial details about his private business partners and detract from the real issues facing the district’s constituents.