MADISON (WKOW) — A women’s group is asking for an apology from Republican Jon Plumer, a candidate in the June 12th special election for the 42nd Assembly District. Plumer faces Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd next Tuesday in one of two special elections.
Wisconsin’s National Organization for Women (NOW) is “applauding” after hearing about Plumer’s disorderly conduct dispute with his family back in 1997.
In 1997, police reports reveal Plumer was living with his family in Sun Prairie when he kicked his then 18-year-old daughter out of the house after a family argument.
Neighbor Darwin Dobson told police that Plumer’s daughter, Jennifer, showed up on his doorstep and told him that Plumer had physically pushed her out of the house. She said he also tore a phone off the wall and pushed her mother, Christine Plumer, to the floor.
Now, 21 years later, Plumer is downplaying the situation calling it “exaggerated.”
"My wife and children mean the world to me; I would never hurt any of them,” said Plumer. “Of course, years ago I accepted my daughter’s apology for mischaracterizing the situation."
The state’s organization for women isn’t buying it.
"Domestic abuse cannot and should not be tolerated,” said Lindsay Lemmer, President of Wisconsin’s (NOW) Chapter. ”We find it very telling that he continues to minimize the incident, blame his daughter for the incident and take zero responsibility for the incident."
Decades later, Dobson is still sticking to his account of the interaction.
Plumer also told police he never pushed or dragged his daughter out, instead said "escorted her by the arm.” Now, Plumer is blaming politics for bringing this incident back to light.
“As a family, we decided to move on. It’s sad that Democrats want to drag innocent people through the mud. They are resorting to an 11th-hour negative campaign tactic because we are ahead in the race.”
Lemmer said instead of political blame, she wants Plumer to acknowledge he was in the wrong.
"We would like an apology, we would like him to be honest about the situation and have the voters hold him accountable for his actions," said Lemmer.
According to court records, Plumer was cited for disorderly conduct and failed to show up to his initial court appearance. He was issued a warrant and was held on a $177 bond and eventually released. Plumer said he didn’t think an appearance was mandatory.