Indiana Democratic congressional candidate Robert Winningham is criticizing Republican incumbent Todd Young for switching votes on the payroll tax cut compromise last week.
Initially, Young voted against the Senate compromise and defended the Republican-controlled House for doing so, saying the short-term extension would hurt small business owners.
However, growing political pressure from President Obama, Democrats and Senate Republicans put the GOP House under immense pressure. Three days later, Young joined his GOP colleagues and supported the two-month extension, which Mr. Obama signed before the holiday recess.
Winningham says he’s glad Young eventually supported the compromise, but he then accused the freshman of flip-flopping and being in the hip pocket of the Tea Party.
“For Todd Young it was a flip-flop, because earlier in the week he was criticizing his Republican colleagues in the Senate for taking a bipartisan to extend this payroll tax,” he says. “When someone is arguing vehemently against that kind of bipartisanship and then turning around three days later to vote for it, I call that a flip-flop.”