During a brief visit to WNY this afternoon, House Speaker John Boehner told attendees at a fundraiser for Assemblywoman Jane Corwin that the May 24 special election in NY-26 is coming at a “critical time” in Washington and offers Republicans the opportunity to re-establish the political edge they gained in the 2010 midterm elections.

“You know this special election comes at a critical time; Washington Democrats are hoping they can steal this election so they can continue to move this agenda which is more taxes and higher spending,” Boehner said.

“…We’ve got a chance to tell Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama that we want a different agenda. We can remind Washington of what they said last election by electing Jane Corwin in this special election here in New York.”

Boehner evoked the specters of the president and the California Democrat he relegated to his old minority leader post no fewer than three times during his brief (just over seven minutes) formal remarks.

This comes as Boehner is prepared to re-ignite the battle over the debt ceiling in D.C. by delivering a speech this evening at the Economic Club of New York that an increase in the amount the country can legally borrow limit should be accompanied by spending cuts that exceed that rise.

In his clearest statement to date on what the GOP wants in return for raising the debt ceiling, the speaker will say (according to early excepts released by his office):

“Without significant spending cuts and reforms to reduce our debt, there will be no debt limit increase. And the cuts should be greater than the accompanying increase in debt authority the president is given. We should be talking about cuts of trillions, not just billions.”