Rep. Steve Driehaus has accused the fundraising arm of his own party of skipping out on his race after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee pulled more than $524,000 in planned television advertising in the Cincinnati-area district.
In a new video
, Driehaus says he "had the guts" to take on tough votes on health care, the economy and "standing up to Wall Street." It was the right thing to do, he says, but "now the DCCC is walking away" from his contest against Republican Steve Chabot. "Let them know you support candidates who stand up for your principles," Driehaus tells voters. "Send a message to the DCCC and to all Americans that when we voted for change in 2008, we meant it."
On his ActBlue
fundraising page, Driehaus said the "DCCC recently pulled millions of dollars in advertising from members who stood for our Democratic principles" and is re-investing that money in the races of Democrats "who didn't have the guts to take the tough votes."
Driehaus' unhappiness with Democratic leaders in the U.S. House came a day after the DCCC pulled back its support in several districts -- including his -- where strategists think Democratic chances are fading, Politico
said. Driehaus is trailing in polls against the conservative Chabot, a former House member defeated by Driehaus in 2008. The Democratic committee intends to shift money to races it views as more competitive.
In Ohio, Driehaus spokesman Tim Mulvey said the DCCC is still supporting the congressman's ground operation, aimed at getting out the vote on Nov. 2. "Our whole campaign revolves around getting people out to the polls," Mulvey told the Cincinnati Enquirer