(CNN) – Several House Democrats facing tough re-election contests are openly boasting about how little they agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Mississippi Congressman Travis Childers says in his latest campaign commercial, "The leaders of both parties in Washington are out of touch and I'm independent. I voted against Nancy Pelosi's agenda 267 times."
Pennsylvania Democrat Mark Critz insists he's more in line with House Republican Leader John Boehner than Pelosi.
In Critz' latest ad, a narrator says GOP challenger Tim Burns is "wrong" when he claims that Critz backs Pelosi. "Mark Critz doesn't support Nancy Pelosi. He voted the same as the Republican leader 60 percent of the time."
Another Mississippi Democrat Gene Taylor, a conservative known for bucking his party on virtually all of the major Democratic initiatives–including health care reform, cap and trade, and the economic stimulus bill–put out a written statement on Thursday, calling his Republican opponent, Steven Palazzo, a liar for saying Taylor sides with Pelosi.
A recent Palazzo campaign ad states, "Taylor chooses Nancy Pelosi over Mississippi"
Taylor's statement maintains that he and Pelosi are rarely on the same page. "Here is the truth. The 111th Congress convened in January 2009. Since then, I have cast 1,466 votes. Of these 1,466 votes, Nancy Pelosi agreed with my vote 34 times. That is 2% of my 1,466 votes."
Both parties can use the math to make their point–depending on whether every single vote is counted, even minor procedural ones that are often unanimous–or just votes on significant legislation.
The Republican playbook in Congressional districts across the country has been to nationalize the midterm elections, and tie Democratic candidates to both Pelosi and President Barack Obama. Both are featured prominently in GOP campaign commercials. Public opinion polls showing the President and Pelosi's low public standing underscore why this strategy could prove effective.
Pelosi dismisses GOP efforts to feature her in their campaign commercials. Last month when asked by CNN about the Republican strategy, the Speaker insisted, "This has nothing to do with me," and argued that Democratic candidates will show voters they are fighting for the middle class and Republicans are "there for the special interests."