The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) on Thursday called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a "puppeteer" seeking to "pull Betsy Markey's strings on healthcare and defend failed economic policies."

Markey, a freshman Colorado representative, has three Republicans vying for her seat in 2010.

The NRCC highlighted remarks Markey gave in late June expressing concerns that healthcare spending will spiral out of control if Congress does not find a way to tamp down costs.

"As Pelosi ventures to Colorado, she will surely attempt to take control of Betsy Markey's strings and convince her to jump on board with the Democrats' plan to take over the healthcare industry," said an NRCC release.

On her visit to Colorado, Pelosi plans to tour a healthcare clinic that received federal stimulus dollars to create electronic medical records.

"It is obvious that Pelosi is using the stimulus as a pawn to direct attention away from dwindling support on healthcare," said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain in the release.

"With 12,500 jobs lost in the state from May to June, Coloradans should now have even more significant concerns with trusting their healthcare with the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Betsy Markey," he added.