After an unsuccessful run for Ill. Lt. Governor last year, Jason Plummer has formally announced he's running for the soon-to-be-vacant Illinois 12th Congressional District seat currently held by a retiring Jerry Costello.
According to the announcement, Plummer will focus on "reining in reckless spending, reform of our tax and regulatory structure, and getting government out of the way of small businesses so the U.S. economy can get moving forward again."
Updated 2:15 p.m. May 2 with information from conference call with Sen. Blunt
From Senator Roy Blunt:
"Osama bin Laden's death is a major victory for America. This development is the culmination of the sacrifices and dedication from our brave troops and intelligence professionals. After nearly a decade, it also brings a great measure of justice and closure for all Americans who lost loved ones as a result of the brutal attacks against our nation on 9/11. While this does not mean the end of our fight against global terrorism, bin Laden's death is a major blow to al-Qaeda and the terrorist organizations he financed."
In a Monday conference call, Blunt praised the president for sending Special Forces into bin Laden's Pakistani compound, rather than conducting a bombing raid.