Jack Conway's evolving stance on tax cuts enacted during the Bush administration is prompting criticism from both liberals and conservatives. Democrats wonder if Conway has abandoned positions he held firm during the primary while conservatives question why Conway has changed his mind.
Much has been said about several conservative positions the Democratic Senate candidate has taken on several issues. At a news conference following a Kentucky Farm Bureau candidate forum in July, Conway took exception to my questioning why Kentucky voters shouldn't just vote for a Republican if Conway was going to take conservative positions on key issues such as cap and trade, immigration, and the Bush tax cuts including the suspension of the estate tax.
Now, Conway's prior statements in favor of letting the Bush tax cuts expire are being used against him.
The Lexington Herald-Leader's Jack Brammer details the criticism and how Conway has changed his tune. Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson accuses Conway of "flip-flopping, but also appears to have reversed the order of Conway's statements:
“Kentucky voters are once again left scratching their heads in reaction to Jack Conway’s flip-flopping. Earlier this year Conway said he was against letting the Republican tax cuts expire. But now he’s singing another tune, supporting President Obama’s efforts to slam Kentucky voters with the largest tax increase in our nation’s history."
Conway spokeswoman Allison Haley spoke to the Herald-Leader:
“Eight years ago Jack was one of only a few Democrats in the country who supported the Bush tax cuts, and he believes we should extend them now — especially when so many Kentucky families and small businesses are struggling under this recession,” Haley said.