September 24th, 2010
05:27 PM ET
4 years ago

McMahon stands behind ad blasted by Kennedy nephew

(CNN) - Connecticut Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon is ignoring a request from Ted Kennedy, Jr., the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and son of the late Senator, to remove an ad in which she uses a clip from one of the late president's speeches.

The online ad, entitled "A Good Idea– Then and Now," features President Kennedy in 1963 speaking about tax cuts as a way to prevent a recession.


In a back and forth exchange of letters, Kennedy, Jr. claims a distortion of the late President's policies while McMahon maintains that her interpretation is correct.

In his letter, Kennedy Jr. - who supports McMahon's opponent, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal– asks McMahon to remove the ad and writes "Your ad is dishonest because it distorts the legacy of President Kennedy in order to mislead voters into thinking that President Kennedy would support your position on tax policy."

"I hope that you will offer a retraction statement that clarifies the distinction between my uncle's policies and your own." Kennedy writes. "You attempt to conflate your economic policies with those of President Kennedy's in order to capitalize on his legacy."

In her response, McMahon neither mentions the ad directly nor acknowledges Kennedy's request to remove it.

Instead she writes, "While I appreciate your interest in my campaign, I must disagree with your characterization of the tax situation."

"Your uncle supported tax cuts for those making nearly six times more than what today's Democratic Party, as well as your letter, labels as 'the wealthy.'"

"I respectfully disagree that your uncle would would support raising taxes in this economy."

A spokesman for McMahon, Shawn McCoy, told CNN on Friday that the decision to expand the ad beyond the web "hasn't been made yet, but we are considering putting it on broadcast."

Connecticut Democratic Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal's office would not comment on the exchange.

Ted Kennedy Jr. has not responded to CNN's request for comment.


Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Amazing...... why would a GOP candidate use a clip from a JFK's speech in an ad. Seriously, disrespectful since the GOP candidates stand for the opposite of what the Kennedys stood for! Insulting, McMahon, insulting.

    September 24, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. gt

    thats the problem " the democratic party use to be the party of the working man " then it sold out to trial lawyers, unions and frindge liberal wing nuts.....use the add ..its true , now the democratic leaders just want to tax us to death....

    September 24, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Russinmaine

    Only disrespectful if it goes against your political views. If this was done by a Democratic candidate I would not be commenting because your post would not be here.

    September 24, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    LacrosseMom the answer to your question is because McMahon is on "steroids" that killed so many of her wrestlers, now she wants to put America on steroids.

    September 24, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    She's an idiot. The tax rates in the early 60s were a LOT HIGHER than they are now. She's a corporatist. Fits right in the republican party to support the rich and pee on the middle class and poor.

    Don't vote for her !

    September 24, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. gt

    Look at my post at 5:37. Boy did I say some idiotic things. I should have said: "thats the problem "the republican party has never been the party of the working man" then it only magnified the problem by supporting big multi national corporations who have shipped our jobs overseas, while avoiding paying any taxes . . its true, now the republican leaders just want to
    continue corporate give-a-aways while screwing the middle class.

    September 24, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    She thinks that a proposed tax policy from in 1963 is still relevant ... almost 50 years ago??!!.
    Does OUT OF TOUCH sound familiar!
    BTW The GOP is the party of greed ...... maybe fake patriotism too, but mostly raw selfish greed.
    The party of "I got mine screw you."

    September 24, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. Rickster

    Hey, LacrosseMom....maybe you should read a little history. Today's democrats stand for the opposite of what JFK stood for. Today's democrats are a serious bunch of loons.

    September 24, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. imp

    gt – Democrats don't want to increase your taxes unless you make more than a quarter million dollars a year & even then, the taxes on that 1st quarter million won't be raised, only the amount ABOVE $250,000.00. Everyone else gets to keep their tax cuts. Since those in the top bracket are mainly hedge funds, Wallstreet barons, megastar entertainers, top-tier sports stars & companies like Bechtel, I really don't see what you're talking about. The Democrats ARE the party of the working man. The Republicans work for the uber-wealthy. Of course, I don't expect you to understand that since it seems to be a prerequisite of being one of the Republican masses to see using your brain as a bad thing. Of course, that's what the Reubs bank on. How else can they get their sheep to believe that up is down, black is white, 2+2=1 & that everyday is opposite day?

    September 24, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Mollybee

    The Republicans are getting desperate....anything to swing a vote their way. This is another example of dishonesty and dirty tricks, no longer uncommon in the GOP.

    September 24, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  11. MatthewDetroit

    John F. Kennedy would Not Support his dirtbag nephews nor would he support the High Taxes of todays Democrats...

    September 24, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. yuhmad

    Sue the GOP idiot!

    September 24, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. jim

    Jojn Kennedy was right when he spoke those words then and Mcmahon is right now to stand for those principles . It's too bad that the present day democrat party has strayed for the cre belief echoed by Kennedy and have adopted policies more in line with socialist dictators.

    September 24, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. jim

    John Kennedy was right when he spoke those words then and Mcmahon is right now to stand for those principles . It's too bad that the present day democrat party has strayed from the core belief echoed by Kennedy and have adopted policies more in line with socialist dictators.

    September 24, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. steven harnack

    That is just despicable! She has no morals, no sense of right and wrong. I'll be willing to help pay for an ad that explains how antithetical she is to everything JFK believed in

    September 24, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. sheppard

    Russin – it is disrespectful to misrepresent someone who is dead (I don't care what their political views) and can't set the record straight. She is comparing apples to oranges and dishonestly so. She must be scared to stoop so low.

    September 24, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. John

    She need go back too want she know best,that too her wrestlers what the hell she know about POLITICS.

    September 24, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Steve (the real one)

    If the speech is in the public domain, the Kennedys have no case. Secondly, to Lacrossemom and Claudia Houston, exactly what is so disrespectful and insulting about a republican using the words of a democrat? Ridiculous!

    September 24, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. Dan J

    Did he mouth off on Carter for ripping on uncle Ted? His grave is still fresh? Does he really care about his family, or does he care about his party agenda?

    September 24, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Latina for Palin

    Stand your ground Linda. Keep the ad going. There's nothing disrespectful when you're speaking the truth!

    September 24, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |