September 16th, 2009
09:28 AM ET
14 years ago

A cage match in Connecticut

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Several Republicans in Connecticut are vying to take on Sen. Chris Dodd."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Pro- wrestling businesswoman Linda McMahon announced Wednesday she would run for Senate in Connecticut next year as a Republican.

McMahon, former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, describes herself as a "different kind of candidate" who will run a "different kind of campaign."

"With your help, we are going to change Washington and start making Washington work for ordinary people," she said in a statement posted on her campaign Web site.

She pledged to "help" finance the campaign with the fortune she made from her wrestling empire and limit contributions to $100.

McMahon joins a crowded primary of Republicans hoping to challenge embattled Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd in 2010.

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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. ICARE

    We need to give the donkeys 8 years to serve before we all kick them out in 2012. I am tired of peanuts and want to eat healthy carrots.

    September 16, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX, USA

    McMahon, a fringe candidate. Welcome to the Senate!!

    September 16, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. El Gato

    A campaign funded from the wrestling empire. An empire built upon the countless prematurely dead wrestlers whose steroid use the WWF/WWE, at very best, turned a blind eye to. At worst, well you do the match. This woman has no business running for the Senate.

    And I am a Republican.

    September 16, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Jaimon

    Her "empire"? Perhaps Dodd will help his campaign with his Countrywide mortgage and AIG bonus... empire. Is it too much to ask that our representatives not accept bribes from those they regulate?

    September 16, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. Mike

    Anyone would be an improvement over Dodd. He is so crooked he could hide in the shadow of a cork screw.

    September 16, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Tim in NC

    Well, at least we know up front she's an entertainer who specializes in using lies to make a buck and presents fantasy as reality.

    September 16, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. All the news that is fit to omit

    Throw this lying fraud of a coward out of the "ring" Linda and bring some respectability and savvy back to the Senate.

    Dodd you lying, cheating sack of crap, are going down and you can invoke Ted Kennedy all you want, "ain't gonna help ya".

    You can go live in all your nice houses that you got with the sweetheart deals the rest of us can onl;y imagine.

    September 16, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Roger D Smart, PO1, USN, Retired (Georgia)

    I would support "Linda McMahon! Atleast she might be someone you could talk to. Let's get these senators that have been in there for 15-25 years and oust them out. This would start a new beginning.

    September 16, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Scott, Tucson

    Why is there not an criminal investigation under way regarding Chris Dodd involvement in the Fannie mae/ Freddie mac meltdown and his sweetheart deals with Countrywide? Oh yeah...the democrats are in charge that's why.

    September 16, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Lyle

    Sounds like Republicans are scraping the bottom of the barrel for canidates to run for any office. What a mess the Republican party has become. Sad.

    September 16, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Ellie

    Now this is just another GOP laughable moment!

    September 16, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. paul

    great, the CEO of WWE - a corporate model of honesty and integrity. But, since most republicans believe in death panels and other such fantasies, they probably also believe that wrestling is real.

    September 16, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. AJ

    Another example of the caliber of the republican mind.

    September 16, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Eric

    Good luck with that... ha ha citizens of Connecticut are too smart to allow any of these thieves and obstructionists back in office.

    September 16, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. Proud Member..Party of No

    If Al Franken is qualified then so is Linda McMahon.

    September 16, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. WDRussell

    Since pro wrestling might be the second biggest embarrassment to America after republicans, it seems like a perfect match.

    September 16, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. CTW

    I am all for getting rid of Dodd, but putting a Repug in that seat is 100 times worst!

    September 16, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Kansan

    Why not...Professional Wrestling like the GOP takes advantage of weak minded gullible individuals who believe all the staged stunts are real....She'd fit right in.

    September 16, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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