October 14th, 2010
07:38 PM ET
11 years ago

Several House Democrats in tough races boast about breaking with Pelosi

(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."

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  1. Sue

    Better a blue dog Dem then a Rethuglican.

    October 14, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. George of the jungle

    Just get elected so the repos don't. Say anything like the repod do. Vote all repos out. Lets go forward

    October 14, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. Ken, AZ

    Those Democrats that want to distance themselves from the Democratic Party should simply switch parties. And, they most likely will if republicans win the majority, which is what a large number of so-called Democrats did after the 1994 elections. They tend to go whichever way the wind blows. They're not true Democrats anyway.

    October 14, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Augsbee

    I'm sorry but I don't buy it. Everytime I see these people they are all applauding, praising Pelosi. I have yet to see any one of them stand up to her, Pelosi rules them all, she does as she pleases and they let her or fear her. That is one powerful lady.

    October 14, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. Right Leaning Independent

    HA HA HA!! This is too funny to be true!!! You can run but you can not hide.... You should have thought about this when she was witching her liberal policies through the house... Any votes supporting her liberal agenda were too many...Bye Bye Madam speaker and many Dem stooges....

    October 14, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. Barry

    Pelosi is done. The Democrats will lose between 60 and 80 seats in the House. She ran through Obama's job killing agenda and millions of Americans are suffering because of this. She won't even be minority leader they will continue to turn on her. I think it's great and I hope Harry Reid doesn't even have a seat. If Obama doesn't change his arrogant attitude like Bill Clinton did in 1994 he will be history in 2012. If Obama continues to drop in his approval rating Hillary will be challenging him in the Primary. I hope she does because she has my vote. Life was good when the Clinton's were in the White House and the majority of Americans know that.

    October 14, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. Riley

    Pelosi is a DISGRACE!!! She is only popular in her little, liberal corner of San Francisco.

    October 14, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  8. D. Bunker

    The only thing wrong with Pelosi is that she took Bush's impeachment off the table.

    October 14, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |