New York (CNN) - Ohio Democrat Steve Driehaus is trying to turn losing his party's financial support into a winning message.
The freshman House Democrat learned this week that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was pulling resources out of his re-election campaign, a sign national Democrats consider it a losing battle.
So Driehaus taped a web video asking voters for help, painting himself as an outsider who cast tough votes on issues he campaigned on, and whose party leaders abandoned him.
"I've had the guts to stand up for you. When it comes to the tough votes on health care, changing our economy, turning things around, and standing up to Wall Street, I've taken those votes because it was the right thing to do for the American people. Now the DCCC is walking away," says Driehaus.
The bare bones video shows Driehaus in shirt sleeves sitting in a near empty office, except for his campaign poster on the wall behind him.
"Go on line and make a contribution," says Driehaus, "send a message to the DCCC and all Americans that when we voted for change in 2008, we meant it."
Driehaus' Cincinnati area district has long been a conservative stronghold. He won the seat in the 2008 Democratic wave and now he's in a rematch against Republican Steve Chabot, who wants his old job back.
The DCCC did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Driehaus' in-your-face move, but a senior Democrat involved with national party strategy told CNN it was "smart politics" for Driehaus to use bad news from his party in Washington as a way to push himself as an outsider.
Tim Mulvey, Driehaus' campaign spokesman, tells CNN the campaign has raised about $600 dollars since putting the video on line Wednesday night.
"We're certainly not putting up the white flag," said Mulvey, "we are going to be working hard for the next three weeks."
He said that Driehaus' campaign believes it has enough money to continue to air its own ads on Cincinnati television through election day.
Both the Rothenberg Political Report and the Cook Political Report, two of the top non-partisan political handicappers, rate the race as "Lean Republican."