Update: The Democratic National Committee released a web video Thursday morning attacking House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, of being too close to lobbyists and accusing him of being part of the problem in Washington.
Washington (CNN) - National Democrats are preparing a full-blown campaign accusing House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, of being a Beltway insider – an effort tied to the broader goal of painting all congressional Republicans as beholden to lobbyists and special interests.
Boehner, in line to be speaker if the GOP regains control of the House, will deliver a speech Thursday on congressional reform - a theme that has helped the GOP politically in an election year where voters are frustrated and angry with Washington.
A senior Democratic Party official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plan was being finalized, said Democrats plan to use this speech as an opportunity to try and define Boehner as a Washington insider with "cozy" relationships with lobbyists.
"There will be a full-fledged effort to define him in this critical time and expose him for who he truly is - the antithesis of reform," said the Democratic official, who added that the "campaign will begin immediately and include both earned and paid media, both nationally and targeted."
Heading into the midterm election, Democrats are accusing Republicans of offering no solutions to help turn around the economy and create jobs. This message has largely fallen on deaf ears as a majority of Americans see Washington as being controlled by a Democratic White House and Congress. At the very least, Democrats are trying to convince Americans that the GOP should share responsibility for the state of the nation.
Democrats see Boehner, a 10-term congressman and key voice in crafting the 1994 Contract With America, as a way to dispel the idea that Republicans are outsiders offering fresh solutions.
Michael Steel, Boehner's spokesman, dismissed the Democratic criticism as a "partisan attack."
"Another untrue partisan attack won't change the facts: the American people are asking, 'where are the jobs?' and Washington Democrats can't run away from their job-killing record."
A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll showed that 55 percent of Americans have no opinion of Boehner, while 22 percent had a favorable view and 23 percent had an unfavorable opinion of him.