INDIANAPOLIS -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is throwing its weight behind Republican Todd Young in the race for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce – along with its Indiana counterpart – calls Young, currently representing Indiana's 9th District in the House, a “consistent, constructive conservative.”
Young said the Chamber’s support sends a signal that his leadership will help Hoosiers find good jobs.
“We have a broad spectrum of support from Tea Party Patriots to suburban soccer moms to our nation’s employers,” Young said.
The endorsement comes about a month before Young will face off against 3rd District Rep. Marlin Stutzman in May’s primary.
Stutzman said the Chamber’s endorsement is “DC insiders and crony capitalists” propping up what he calls “establishment” Young’s campaign.
U.S. Chamber senior vice president Rob Engstrom noted Stutzman asked for the Chamber’s endorsement last year. He said the group is backing Young because of his record.
“He’s an effective conservative who actually gets things done," Engstrom said. "Anybody can say that they’re conservative on economic issues.”
The Indiana Democratic Party echoes Stutzman’s attack, calling the endorsement a “bailout” of what it says is Young’s “failing” campaign.