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

A cage match in Connecticut

Several Republicans in Connecticut are vying to take on Sen. Chris Dodd.

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. Johnny

    Republicans work for ordinary people? I guess they define the wealthy as "ordinary".

    September 16, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  2. wasabe kid

    I am not a fan of Chris Dodd, but the last thing America needs is another Republican Senator gumming up the works and trying to prevent America from solving her problems.

    September 16, 2009 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. JN

    Good for the Dems. The more clearly unqualified candidates that step forward the better.

    September 16, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  4. Dixon

    She should fit in well with the Republicans crazy antics...

    September 16, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  5. wigged

    As a resident of CT, I see Dodd winning easily. Lieberman won by turning Independent and he supported republicans. Dodd is to CT what Ted Kennedy was to Mass. We have always had one. Dodd was vindicated from the Countrywide insurance Co.. I doubt anyone would trade him with 29 years of experience for a new person. Not with all this country is climbing out of. I support him 100% as do many of our residents. We are way to blue for a republican.

    September 16, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I love WWF, but a McMahon running for Senate. Give me a break. She better stick to the family business.

    September 16, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  7. Dee, 1 Vote

    Linda, can you work or did Jim give you a Xmas gift?

    September 16, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. Sniffit

    Ok now this is getting good!

    September 16, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Dodd needs to go no matter who runs against him. Libs will be scratching their heads wondering why how they lost so bad in 2010. It was the TEA parties that they never heard about from the state run media.

    September 16, 2009 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. Paul from Phoenix

    Awesome. When she is done with Dodd, she can turn her attention to Bawney Fwank. Seriously, she doesn't have a chance, but how much fun would it be giving the McMahon's a Senate seat.

    September 16, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. Obama fan...not!

    Dodd should tap out now!!

    September 16, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Everyone wants to run on CHANGE lately – "...we are going to change Washington and start making Washington work for ordinary people", McMahon says. I WONDER WHERE THAT CAME FROM????

    Hmm, I guess she figures she can CHANGE Washington because it is now run by Democrats and she wants to CHANGE it back to be run by REPUBLI-CAN'Ts.....

    Well, she better CHANGE her mind because for the past eight years, NOTHING was done in Washington but a start of two wars and a downfall of the economy. The ONLY person that can CHANGE that is President Obama and the current administration!!!

    September 16, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  13. tr

    Ugh. I'd rather vote Dodd!

    September 16, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. www.robmillerforcongress.com

    Well, the Republican Party does need new leadership...

    Maybe she could do for politics what she's done for pro wrestling.

    Then again, the Republicans have already tried that, what with the likes of Rove, Gingrich, Armey, Limpbag, Hannity, and Baby Blue Eyes Beck turning politics into something stupid and ugly for nearly two decades now.

    September 16, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. phoenix86

    If CT re-elects Dodd, who has proven multiple times to be "ethically challenged" and 100% hyprocritical, then the rest of the USA should eject CT from the union.

    September 16, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. Bob

    She's going to run as a Republican and pledges to make things work for the little guy?......

    September 16, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  17. rr

    Can't be any worse than Chris "AIG" Dodd or any of the other professional politicians in DC

    September 16, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  18. Sam Sixpack

    What advise do Chris Dodd's very best friends at ACORN have to say about this?

    September 16, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    McMahon states she is a "different kind of candidate" who will run a "different kind of campaign... we are going to change Washington and start making Washington work for ordinary people,"

    McMahon – YOU LIE!! How all of a sudden you want to CHANGE how Washington is run. President Obama is already doing that – changing what the REPUBLI-CAN'Ts did for the past eight years.

    McMahon – YOU ARE ALSO A THIEF – Stealing President Obama's campaign slogan. I suggest you CHANGE your mind because you will never win against Dodd and we're speaking about the NORTHEAST not the SOUTH!!!

    September 16, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  20. Kim

    Love it!!! I'm so excited to see other people besides born and raised politicians to come forward and help this country. The WWE has always been a big supporter of charity, of the troops and anyone in need. I think she would make a GREAT Senator!!!!

    September 16, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  21. Mario, mtl, ca.

    An other lie, wander why the rep. have no more credibility right now.

    September 16, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  22. yawn

    Pro- wrestling businesswoman Linda McMahon is about as qualified as my neighbor's dog

    My neighbor's dog is pretty cute though

    September 16, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  23. Reggie

    Dodd is a disaster, but not sure if she is the answer. Hopefully, some other republicans enter the race,as well.

    September 16, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  24. Bubba

    She will be appalled to find out that isn't so easy to 'fix' an election. Bet she offers Dodd money to 'throw the fight,' or shows up in a Mexican wrestler costume offering to wrassle him for the job.

    September 16, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  25. Kevin in Ohio

    Since the Carter article is closed, just let me say that Carter is playing along with the rest of the liberals in playing the race card. Apparently, we are no longer permitted to disagree with this President because he is black. Good-bye free speech. And for the record, republicans and conservatives would be very receptive to a President Rice, a President Powell, or a President JC Watts. But the liberals think they are not "real" African Americans......... where is the real racism? On the left.

    September 16, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
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