McConnell says Gomez key to 'taking back the Senate' in fundraising pitch

In a new email sent to supporters, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellRubio: GOP Congress could go in different direction than Trump Pelosi blasts GOP leaders for silence on Trump Reid: Groping accusations show Trump’s ‘sickness’ MORE says the NRSC will triple any donations up to $32,000. 

“A Republican majority in the Senate begins with your support today,” McConnell writes. “Securing a victory for Gabriel Gomez in the Massachusetts Senate special election on June 25th is crucial to taking back the Senate and removing Harry ReidHarry ReidObama in Nevada: 'Heck no' to Trump, Joe Heck Dems double down on Nevada Latino vote Heck's rejection of Trump imperils Nevada Senate race MORE from power.”

The email comes after at least one Gomez adviser, Brad Todd, questioned the party's commitment to its candidate in the Massachusetts special election to replace Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryWhat would a Hillary Clinton presidency look like? 5 reasons Trump's final debate performance sealed his 2016 coffin US pledges to do all it can to fight 'grave threat' of nuclear North Korea MORE (D). 

"Do conservatives have nerve to try & win? Will mod R donor class put its money where mouth is? Is this a party or therapy session? #MASEN ?s" he tweeted on Thursday.

Following multiple polls that show Gomez keeping Markey's lead to single digits, the NRSC sent staff to Massachusetts to help Gomez's campaign. But neither the party's campaign apparatus nor any other GOP outside groups have yet spent money for him.

And this new email plays directly into one of the main arguments made by Democratic candidate Rep. Edward MarkeyEd MarkeySanders, Dem senators press Obama to halt ND pipeline Senate Dems ask Obama to block Atlantic, Arctic offshore drilling Federal agency under fire for selling recalled cars MORE's campaign against Gomez: That he's just another Republican, looking to go to Washington to oppose President Obama's agenda. 

The president remains extremely popular in Massachusetts, and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCurt Schilling joining Breitbart: report Schilling lashes out: 'I'm apparently an anti-Semite' for asking questions Curt Schilling to Jake Tapper: How can Jews be Democrats? MORE (D) tied Scott Brown to the national GOP during the 2012 campaign in an effort that ultimately helped unseat him.

Indeed, national Democrats and Markey's campaign blasted the NRSC email sent out to supporters later Friday.

"Mitch McConnell's diving headfirst into the Massachusetts Senate election to raise campaign cash for Gabriel Gomez because Gomez in Washington would bring national Republicans one step closer to controlling the Senate and enacting a radical right-wing agenda that blocks commonsense gun laws, protects tax breaks for millionaires and ends a woman's right to choose," said Markey spokesman Andrew Zucker of the email.