Democratic Senate candidate Evan Bayh, who was employed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is facing the wrath of the organization, The New York Times reports.
In a significant turn of events, the renowned business institution has vowed to defeat Bayh, the former Democratic senator from Indiana, who is eyeing a comeback in a crucial fight.
Though Bayh has proved himself as a business-friendly administrator all through, he is miffed with the organization for their decision to attack him.
"I was disappointed to see the U.S. Chamber putting partisan politics over a longstanding relationship," Bayh said. "I was pleased to work with the chamber for many years and have actually agreed with them on several important issues. Their decision reflects just how polarized and partisan Washington has become."
The chamber has attacked Bayh with ads critical of his support for the new health care law when he was a member of the Senate, Politico reported.
Democrats, meanwhile, have kept their efforts to persuade the chamber to stay out of the race as seizing the Indiana seat is important for the party to take back the Senate majority.
"The fact that the U.S. Chamber has spent millions against Bayh, a pro-business candidate who has even served on some of their advisory boards, rips away any pretense of bipartisanship," Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said. "The national headquarters is a totally partisan place and has dramatically hurt their ability to work with our caucus in 2017."
Chamber officials believe it is Democrats who have broadened the rift after implementing policies which did not coincide with the smooth functioning of the chamber.
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