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. Richard Larson

    She'd fit right in with all the other clueless hot air dispensers who seem to favor ballyhoo over any form of substance.

    It seems that the only criterion for holding public office today is the ability to mindlessly spout the party-line propaganda as determined by extreme right wing talkshow hosts without understanding that radio talkshow hosts never have to justify what they say in a re-election campaign.

    So she talks nothing but smack; what's new that with politicians? Don't they

    September 16, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. Butch Dillon

    The voters of Connecticut are probably naive enough to believe yet another wannabe politician who runs on a platform of changing Washington. The only thing that will alter the mentality inside the beltway comes in the nosecone of a nuclear missile. McMahon is typical. She's promoting herself as something she is not. Her real objective is in joining the club.

    September 16, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. Sam Sixpack

    Can we point out that Chris Dodd worked very hard to funnel your tax dollars to ACORN?

    Can we point out that ACORN – in at least four major cities – gave undercover reporters instructions on how to get tax breaks for "pimping" under-age girls (a.k.a. statutory rape)?

    Why has this been kept a secret? Is it because President Obama was, at one time, an ACORN lawyer? Is it because it might damage support for the health care "reform" scam?

    What's wrong with the truth?

    September 16, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |


    the XFL was a great sucess

    she has no dirt, she will never win

    remember what happened to Sarah Palin.........the left despises consertive women

    gender warfare...class warfare.........race bating

    September 16, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. Ben in Texas

    Another rich Repugnant who's going to "start making Washington work for ordinary people". Just like all the other Repugnants who see a chance to grab up bags of corporate money and make influential friends while doing what they do best: Lying.

    If you believe wrestling is for real, you'll have no problems believing in Ms. McMahon.

    September 16, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. Kevin in Ohio

    This is not big news....someone will emerge from this crowded field to unseat this criminal. That will be the big news.

    September 16, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    Is she on steroids like her Dad? No more shouting 'you lie' on the floor of Congress-next we get body slamming!

    Freddie Blasie '012, its time we start electing fashion plates.

    September 16, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. I can see Canada from my house!

    Can you imagine the video clips that will be at Dodd's disposal if she wins the primary? Unless she can show a real independent streak, a la Lowell Weicker, she will become a punchline.

    September 16, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Lee

    Really? You as a Republican are going to "start changing Washington and make it work for ordinary people"? It's funny how so many Republicans are running on these promises of "take back the country" and "change Washington", problem is, you had 8 years to do that with a GOP administration. So claiming your party has finally got around to deciding to make some change for "ordinary people"...well, pardon me if that rings a little false. Too soon, eager beavers. Too soon.

    September 16, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  10. zroyall

    SCHIFF 2010!!!! I'm tired of clowns running for office who are totally ignorant of the solutions needed to solve the problems we are facing.

    September 16, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. Tina

    I wonder how Vince McMahon will fit into her campaign. Will other candidates use footage of Linda in wresting skits in negative ads against her? This should be interesting.

    September 16, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  12. MN Resident

    I've got three words for anyone who thinks someone from the WWE can't win political office: "JESSIE! JESSIE! JESSIE". You underestimate the pull of the WWE to your own political peril. Believe me, we in Minnesota have already been through this.....

    September 16, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. Wake Up

    Just wait for the slurs. Libs HATE women and minorities that are republicans. Just read these posts. I can't believe the supposed "tolerant" party is actually the hateful one. Anyone is better than this crooked senator who had a major role in the housing crisis.

    September 16, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. Dan

    Well I guess Linda McMahon is qualified...she ran a company where people did a lot of talking and pretended to do things they didn't really do. It sounds a lot like politics and the US Senate

    September 16, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. JJ in NY

    McMahon couldn't do a worse job than a hack like Dodd .

    September 16, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  16. Kathy S. Cloughn

    Just what we need in politics...another wrestler...need I say Jesse Ventura, Minnesotans!

    September 16, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  17. Larry

    See you next Tuesday.

    September 16, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. jay

    YES...unelect Dodd and any other architects of the Economic mess. He and the rest of the criminal s in the house need to go.

    September 16, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. Mr Brown

    Let the Smackdown begin.

    At the end of the day, she doesn't have a chance even if Hulk Hogan campaigned for her........BROTHER!!!!!

    September 16, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. Greg Rodgers

    Former WWE CEO wants to help run the country?

    We want to get rid of people who fake the fight for the people. We do not want to replace those people with more people who fake fights.

    Linda...go back and work for Vince.....

    You Phoney!

    Sadly, the majority of WWE watchers are not that intelligent. She may get enough votes to win.

    September 16, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. Laura

    You gotta be kidding. See what money and false pretense can do? Go away Linda McMahon. You perpetuate extreme male chauvinism and violence through your inextricable association with "pro" wrestling. As if any woman would ever vote for you.

    September 16, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. Pete

    Wow. A different kind of candidate LOL.

    "With your help, we are going to change Washington and start making Washington work for ordinary people"

    How many times have I heard that? Typical Republican—no new ideas. Same old stuff. I'll stick with Dodd.

    September 16, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Dodd is one of the most corrupt scum-bags in American politics and I usually root for whoever the NON-democrat candidate is, however this one is going to be a tough call. Remember the good ol' days when someone did not have to be a multi-millionaire or an entertainer with notoriety and name recognition to run for office?

    A lot of these show biz freaks that are running for or THREATENING to run for office (Franken, Ventura, Baldwin, Riemersma, Schwarzenegger, ect.) do so because they have gone as far as they can go in the business, they are one their way down, and politics is the only way they can maintain their financial status and remain in the limelight. And we wonder why this country is so messed up. It's not their fault. They're just following their narcisistic tendencies. It's OUR fault.......the voters. We've all become a bunch of pop-culture morons.

    September 16, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. maria

    I'm a CT resident and even die-hard democrats are having a hard time standing by Dodd. He's done. He is almost as corrupt at Senator Kennedy was.

    September 16, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. Clay

    Just what we and Conneticut need: another republican to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

    September 16, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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