September 30th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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Democrats to target GOP leader

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.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. the real ib

    I'll buy that about republicans just as soon as the democrats get rid of Rangel; Frank and all the tax cheaters in Obama's cabinet.

    September 29, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Flipper

    This is hilarious. The entire Dem leadership in Congress is deeply entrenched in the "Beltway," and now they are trying to criticize Boehner by saying he's one of them?

    Wow, Dems can sure be real stupid at times.

    September 29, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Yes yes yes...pound Boehner. He is the typical Republican establishment creep that pals around with lobbyists and network of elitist cronies.

    September 29, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Boehner should be ashame for himself presenting his so-called pledge to America with no specifics. What does this guy do in Washington other than tan and vote no, he's useless. No wonder Karl Rove has been summoned, the Republicans need a leader and not an "Orange Man".

    September 29, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    I do not care about what party you belong to! "We the Peopleā€ got screwed again this time we need to make all of them pay with their jobs.

    Guess what Congress "You Are Fired!"

    This fall vote "No to incumbents"

    Fire All incumbents!

    Congress allowed the American people to lose their jobs, their life's savings, and their retirement and NOW we are in double dip recession. And then made the American people pay to bailout the ones who were responsible for the crime.
    All while supporting the special interests, lobbyists, Big business and the themselves.
    You know what Congress, welcome to the ranks of the unemployed.

    September 29, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. Clwyd

    Boner Boehner has to go! He is a no personality, no ideas zombie of the repulsive republican party. We need to hear a "Yes!" out of this man rather than ruining Obama's agenda at the expense of the American people!

    September 29, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. John

    I can see why US federal rep's are in the pockets of special interest org's, no one else would hire them for any work that requires true ethics. Maybe American voters should do away with the federal representation in its present form, maybe we should vote on every piece of legislation that pertains to the civilian business. Maybe we should decide our future which includes the benefits House & Senate members will have, and they're not life long benefits like they voted for themselves. What a scam we've allowed them to pull, but we let them.

    September 29, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. vic, Nashville TN

    John Boehner must lose the election I am tired of hearing NO

    September 29, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. George of the jungle

    Boehner is not only a jerk but if he becomes speaker he will be the first orange one. The repos are starting to loos some ground here keep it up and vote them all out. in November. Every one is upset because the president called like it is in the rollong stone interview. Faux news is biased. The repos are the party of NO. The 40 page plan for America is a joke. Wake up people let's not go backwards.

    September 29, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. jean2009

    I'm from Ohio please don't put the orange man in a place of power.

    September 29, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Danny Cali

    Yes, get this guy out because he keep sing same old song like last 8 years so, it not working for us.

    September 29, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. John

    This Tan Man must be defeated by Justin Coussoule in Nov 2nd.To send donation to Justin on his Website if you want John Boehner to stop his Track after 20 yrs in the Congress for saying NO to all Lower and Middle income people of America.

    September 29, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. southern cousin

    Gee, there is somhing new and different, can you imagine that? Big news, they are following the lead of the scumbag, inept, incompetent, union toady who did it several weeks ago. A bunch of scum, following a big lying scum. Democrat liberals. Is it any wonder they are losing?

    September 29, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. Right Leaning Independent

    Good, it will show folks that Boehner is tied to corporations and wall street – the very people that create jobs..... This is going to hurt sooo bad...yeah right....

    September 29, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  15. Hugo

    You mean the new speaker of the House don't ya CNN?

    September 29, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. MAC

    I Trust The GOP to be more Fiscally Conservative than any Democrat Leader including the President who has spent more deficit money in his first term tahn anyone previous to him. People forget that the democrats took over the Senate and House in 2006 and raised the deficits and also blocked regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac who are the biggest culprits in the Housing and Finacial bubbles that burst to cause the latest recession, and this incle udes our President as a Seantor at the time.

    September 29, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. Darth Vadik, CA

    Why cant they just put out an add that say this freak distributed big tobacco $10,000 checks on the floor of the congress????

    September 29, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    No swearing in of witnesses in the BP investigation? That's a bought Senate. And the GOP does its master's bidding.

    September 29, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. ron

    55 percent have no opinion of Dr. No , because he hasn't done anything since he's been in the house, and he don't plan to do anything different.

    September 29, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  20. Donnatella

    To all the conservatives out there that believe that Boehner is their hero, that Pledge does nothing to end the spending in Washingtion, it actually adds to the deficit, if the tax cuts are passed it adds 3.7 trillion to the deficit with nothing to offset it just remember that. While Boehner is standing there saying he will repeal healthcare for sick people just remember that he gets free government healthcare for life, pension, he can even vote for a raise, until the day comes that he has to pay for his healthcare like the rest of us, I consider him a hypocrite.

    September 29, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  21. The reality is...

    The Democrats have sunk so far in their ludicrous charges against Republicans that no one is going to believe their bogus ads.

    September 29, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |