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. Sniffit

    LOL...perfect...what a loon...

    September 16, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. LacrosseMom

    All I can say is God help Chris Dodd, keep his seat!

    STOP THE HATE......... STOP THE LIES......... GOP!

    September 16, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. Hugo

    I am sure Dodd will also limit his campaign funding to "Community Organizer" and Special interest lobbyist groups! Let's hope Connecticut wises up and finally gets rid of this corrupt loser, anyone honest person would be better than Dodd.

    September 16, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Dex Houston TX

    When Progressive Democrats speak of change, I feel we can move forward in this country.
    When Republicans speak of "change" it means taking this country back into the 1950's

    September 16, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. g

    another rich republican looking out for the middle class RIGHT

    September 16, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. TCN

    Thank you, Linda! Please get rid of Dodd – the person that contributed to the collapse of our great free market society. I swell-lelelele what LINDA is cooking!

    September 16, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. dchoo

    No way she gets elected...right Connecticut?

    September 16, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. MN thinker

    Interesting....I would like to see this race play out.

    September 16, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. ProudGeek

    You know what's gonna happen, right? It'll be a tight race at first, but Mrs. McMahon will lose by disqualification after smashing a folding chair over Senator Chris Dodd's head.

    September 16, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. The new GOP party of NO, racism, and hate is emerging

    Change Washington indeed to tea baggers who made millions vying for office to rant their hatred and bigotry at ordinary Americans!

    September 16, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. steven douglas

    Really, is she on the juice ? I can't believe that this woman is serious but who knows. Maybe what we need is reality TV to invade the senate.

    September 16, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. gt

    any body but this crusty old coot,,,,

    September 16, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Gary

    Chris Dodd took special low interest loans from Countrywide before that company failed. Dodd failed in his oversight responsibilities of the mortgage industry, maybe because of this loan money he took. He is corrupt and needs to be replace. I don't care if it is a Republican or Democrat or a WWE wrestler...WE NEED TO PUNISH THE CORRUPTION AND VOTE DODD OUT or else we'll just gat more corruption: ANYONE BUT DODD!! ANYONE BUT DODD!!

    September 16, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "With your help, we are going to change Washington and start making Washington work for ordinary people," she said in a statement "
    -------------------------------

    Puleeeze.

    September 16, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. maria

    Yes, Dodd should retire to one of his vacation homes that he got VIP LOANS from Countrywide for....while overseeing the banking industry...that was imploding...Makes me wonder if Turbo Tax is too hard for him to understand too...hmmm

    September 16, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. jrzshor

    it's time for a CHANGE as promised.

    time for DODD to get one of those cushy lobbists jobs!

    September 16, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. Chris

    McMahon a republican? WOW

    September 16, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. carlos, that one

    is she taking advise from that other woman>>>>>>>>????????

    September 16, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Roger

    Whats better than having a celebrity professional wrestler represent you in the halls of the senate? I know a celebrity ceo professional wrestler. Gee, if you thought Dutch, Terminator, The Body 7 Weird Al Franken were mindless goofballs wait till this half baked bimbo gets in office. God help us all.

    September 16, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Kelly

    Politics is becoming the circus we all knew that it was.

    September 16, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. Steve in Denver

    Hmmm. That is interesting. Someone who actually has some business success vying for a top republican position.

    Maybe an alternative to the know nothing neocon movement in the R party? What a breath of fresh air that would be.

    A republican with actual success at something in her resume? After GWB, with Carly Fiorina high on the R "talent pool," and with Limbaugh, Hannity the coward, Beck and Malkin as their spokespeople, it was looking like the R's celebrated failure. Maybe they are changing! Makes me think about moving to Connecticut and changing parties to vote for her.

    Nah. Paradise turned blue in 2004, I'll stick with Colorado.

    September 16, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. Susan

    She is parroting Palin...good luck with that.

    September 16, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. Joshua

    Almost anyone would be better than the unscrupulous and unethical Dodd. I bet he still has that ridiculous mortgage he conned out of Countrywide. It is a stain on the Senate that he is still even in office. Disgraceful.

    September 16, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. a real American

    At this point I'd prefer Hulk Hogan over Dodd!

    September 16, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. John F.

    Good, she's going to represent ordinary people by making her millions evident through the lack of fundraising. When will the Republicans learn that four million dollars in the bank is not the threshold for "ordinary."

    September 16, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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