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

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In a new email sent to supporters, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellProgressive group changes tone on Kaine Trump hits Kaine on TPP: He supports a 'job killer' Clinton maps out first 100 days 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 ReidDem ad blasts Indiana senate candidate on Social Security Super-PAC targets Portman on trade Dem leader urges compromise on FCC set-top box plan 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 KerryDefense chief casts doubt on cooperation with Russia in Syria Five decades of Democratic convention memories Three strategies to help Clinton build 'Team of Teams' 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 MarkeyFCC chief pushes phone companies to offer free robocall blocking Markey floats bill bringing internet to developing world Overnight Tech: First on The Hill – Key senators team up against robocalls | Social media giants back revenge porn bill | Facebook's diversity numbers 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 WarrenKaine: We need Sanders supporters Trump on Hannity during Dem convention’s prime-time lineup The Trail 2016: The newrevolution begins 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.

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