U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand earlier today sent out a fundraising appeal on behalf of Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, an embattled Democrat who is now facing a stiff challenge from Republican Rep. Tom Cotton in 2014.

In the email to supporters, Gillibrand writes that Cotton is “recklessly anti-woman.”

The fundraising email resources that she usually deploys for women candidates in the Senate in this case is being deployed for Pryor, who has emerged as a legislative ally for Gillibrand on the sexual assault in the military.

From the email:

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.

The fundraising appeal brought a response from New York Republicans, who have been using nearly every chance they get to tie Gillibrand back to New York politicos’ own sex scandals.

From the NY GOP:

“Women’s rights” means about as much to Kirsten Gillibrand as “discretion” does to Anthony Weiner. If she were sincere about women’s issues, she would speak out against her home state’s unholy trinity of women’s rights violators: Sheldon Silver, Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner. Her abiding refusal to denounce someone who protected serial sex abusers of women with taxpayer money reveals Kirsten Gillibrand as a grandstanding, slithering partisan. She may see herself as a modern-day Susan B. Anthony – but to those who care more about women than partisan politics, she’s a modern-day Benedict Arnold.

Gillibrand hasn’t waded in on the race for New York City mayor citing her friendship with Weiner’s wife, Huam Abedin. However she has endorsed Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer over Spitzer.

Tying Gillibrand back to the New York scandals — especially the Vito Lopez harassment scandal when it broke in 2012 — had little demonstrable impact on her re-election victory, which was by a historic margin over Wendy Long.