“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 ReidAfter healthcare fail, 4 ways to revise conservative playbook Dem senator 'not inclined to filibuster' Gorsuch This obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all 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 KerryCongress, Trump need a united front to face down Iran One year ago today we declared ISIS atrocities as genocide Trump’s realism toward Iran is stabilizing force for Middle East 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 MarkeyThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Overnight Regulation: Senate moves to strike Obama-era internet privacy rules Overnight Tech: Senate votes to eliminate Obama internet privacy rules | FCC chief wants to stay out of 'political debate' on fake news | Wikileaks reveals new CIA docs 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 WarrenDems debate working with GOP on consumer bureau revamp Overnight Finance: Trump stock slump | GOP looks to tax bill for lifeline | Trump repeals 'blacklisting rule' | Dem wants ethics probe into Treasury secretary Senators call for pay equity for US women's hockey team 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.