First, as I noted about 10 days ago, the National Republican Senatorial Committee started pitching the line that Markey vs. Gomez was indeed a national race that was a key part of the goal to ”build a new Republican majority in the Senate.” Then, famously, Senate GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell lent his name to the effort, generating national headlines and helping Markey (with an assist from Elizabeth Warren) raise a big pile of money in the process.
And today we learn that Marco Rubio has also weighed in on Gomez’s behalf. Rubio’s message is just as stark as the others, if not even more so. From his email to supporters (email, no link):
We don’t have to wait until 2014 for a major victory.
In just three weeks, Republicans have a chance to take a huge step toward replacing Harry Reid with a Republican Senate Majority Leader.
The Massachusetts special election is right around the corner, and Gabriel Gomez needs our help…
I started the Reclaim America PAC to help win tough races and Reclaim a Republican majority…. Together we can see to it that Gabriel Gomez is the first victory on our drive to a GOP Senate majority.
So, there you have it, laid out with a clarity that nobody could miss. If Gomez wins, Republicans are closer to controlling the Senate, and Mitch McConnell is closer to becoming Majority Leader.
Asked about precisely this problem, which of course will drive Massachusetts voters away from him and toward Ed Markey in droves, Gomez hilariously tried to sidestep.
Asked how he would respond to Republican pressure to join in the party’s filibusters, Gomez said he will not kowtow to anyone in Washington. “I’m not going to be in the back pocket of any group or anybody. I will be my own person,” he said.
I have no idea what that means.
Asked who he would support for Senate majority leader, Gomez said, “I’ve got to see who’s available….who is the best person to advance our country forward.”
HAHAHAHA!! Let me help you, Gabriel. There will be two people “available” for the job of majority leader: Harry Reid, and Mitch McConnell. One of them is raising money hand over fist for you; the other wants you to lose. Which one will you vote for, if you win?