Gillibrand raises for Mark Pryor, to help fight off Bloomberg
This morning, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand sent out a fund-raising email for her colleague, Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, who's facing a tough re-election next year against Republican congressman Tom Cotton.
In the email, Gillibrand calls Cotton "recklessly anti-woman," while touting Pryor's pro-woman votes, saying he "was one of the first to support me in addressing the military sexual assault crisis and voted for the Violence Against Women Act."
Part of the pitch is that Pryor needs the money to rebut all the negative outside spending that's targeted him. "He's already faced more than $1 million in attacks," writes Gillibrand.
"If Cotton and the outside groups have the airwaves to themselves, Mark could lose," the email says. "If Mark loses, we all lose."
What goes unmentioned is that a fair amount of that money was spent by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to punish Pryor for his vote against a background check amendment in April, a cause that Gillibrand also supports.
Bloomberg's spending has rankled some Democrats, including Sen. Chuck Schumer, who helped elect a handful of red-state Democrats as head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2006 and 2008.
The concern for Gillibrand and Schumer is that Bloomberg's spending could help tip the balance in the Senate.
"If we lose Mark, we could lose the Senate – and we cannot have that," she writes in the email this morning.
Here's the full email:
I have some big news: Last night, Republican Rep. Tom Cotton launched his campaign to challenge Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor.
Cotton is recklessly anti-woman. He opposed equal pay for equal work, voted against every version of the Violence Against Women Act – even the Republican version – and said women shouldn't be allowed to serve in infantry because it's against our "nature."
Meanwhile, Mark Pryor was one of the first to support me in addressing the military sexual assault crisis and voted for the Violence Against Women Act.
Mark leads the first poll 43-35, but with tens of millions in outside money behind Cotton, Mark needs our help. He's already faced more than $1 million in attacks.
Mark's campaign has set a goal of raising $100,000 by midnight Friday – will you join me right now in helping him get there?
Click here right away to donate $5 or more directly to Mark. We need his voice in the Senate.
If we lose Mark, we could lose the Senate – and we cannot have that.
A Republican Senate majority would be determined to take away women's access to health care, and would once again make the sheer act of being born a woman a pre-existing condition.
These are battles from the past. They are nothing but distractions from the progress we are fighting for every day. When it comes to jobs, the economy and making education affordable, we need Mark Pryor in the Senate and we need to protect our majority.
I hope you'll join me in donating right away. If Cotton and the outside groups have the airwaves to themselves, Mark could lose. If Mark loses, we all lose.
Click here now to donate $5 or more directly to Mark to help him defend his record and protect our Senate majority.
Thank you for all you do for our values,