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. Fair is Fair

    So if she wins, will she put senators who don't agree with her in the "abdominal stretch"? Will the "Boston crab" be renamed the "Hartford crab"?

    Well, rake my eyes with a foreign object...

    September 16, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Loup Garou 782

    Someone, it makes difference who or from what party, needs to replace this thieving snake.Having him in the United States is almost as bad as having obama in the White House.

    September 16, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. smokey

    I think they shoudl have put Todd in charge of the Senate Finance Comm re drafting the Healthcare Bill..Strange that the bill that just came out by Baucus does not have the Public Option in it, but rather co-ops..What were these people doing for the past months..Obviously not listening to the Pres re what he would like to have seen a bill..Dems stick together on the Public Option because this is the only safe guard we have that will keep the insurance companies honest..This is what TRUE REFORM is all about..

    September 16, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Dennis

    I suppose she is no moree of a sideshow than Chris Dodd. One way the other this guy needs to go.

    September 16, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Mario from Berlin

    Oh my... And at Wrestlemania 26 will be a "Money in the Bank" match where all the republican candidates brawl to become nominee?

    But well, if she campaigns with a lot of (former) WWE stars, she might have a chance. We'll see. 🙂

    September 16, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Bug3t | Ruth, CA

    I can just imagine.

    Seriously... this is your Republican party... nascar, pro-wrestling, redneck good ole boys and their barefoot pregnant old ladies, swilling Bud... no, wait, that's a FOREIGN SOCIALIST beer now... maybe it's Miller Lite... and screaming at each other from their doublewides.

    Can't wait to see the campaign ads.. I mean, we all know just how much BS pro-wrestling is.

    September 16, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If she gets the nomination, would she prefer to bodyslam Dodd or answer the question when in a debate? I don't care what kind of business she has been doing, but how well it was being run (financially and ethically) and how the people below him/her/it felt the leader responded to the requests from below.

    September 16, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. Debra R


    Dodd is a disgrace to CT and a lying crook.

    September 16, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Middleroadie

    Bring it on Linda! Boy, this oughy to be a real 'knock down drag out!'

    September 16, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. haren

    Congressman says some people aren't worth peeing on.

    those who oppose this statement should know that they are living in glass house, if Joe Wilson can insult president and tea party stupid people give all kind of title and insult president than congressman has all right to say above statement

    September 16, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. Frederick in SC

    What a classic figurehead for a party that now panders to the low IQ and patently racist underbelly of this country.

    September 16, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Zion

    Chris Dodd needs to allow new blood to run for his seat.

    September 16, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Acornie

    Didn't Obama promise to run a different type of Washington? Look how well that turned out.

    September 16, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Keith in Austin

    Chris Dodd will pay the price next November for his unethical practices re: Countrywide Mortgage and the elitist liberal agenda he's expoused for years! See ya, wouldn't want to be ya Chris! You're toast!

    September 16, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Grady

    Was she wearing a boa and wrasslin' tights when she announced her candidacy? Hopefully there will be no folding chairs around when the debates start.

    September 16, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Steve (the real one)

    Take agood hard look at who is in the Senate and House now! I have always heard it was a tolerant, big tent! That is, unless somebody has lied about that! She can't do any worst than whose seat she is trying to fill., but this is for the people of Connecticut to figure out!

    September 16, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Adam from Ohio

    Good to know the Republican Party has no interest in actually becoming less of a self-mocking parody.

    September 16, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. IndyVoter

    Republicans have jumped on the "working for ordinary people" bandwagon. They aren't a bit more concerned about ordinary people than the man in the moon is. What does a CEO of a million perhaps billion dollar empire know about ordinary people? ...."A different kind of candidate"....Please. Its a gimick. Don't be fooled.

    September 16, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Dave

    Her husband completely corrupted and ruined wrestling, so I'm a bit hesitant to hand his wife any control over the country.

    September 16, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. David

    Just what the Republicans need... another whack-job to run for office.

    September 16, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. The Voice

    Another Republican clown. They just don't get it.

    September 16, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Travis In Colorado

    McMahon's got my vote, if I lived in Conneticut! Go get him Linda! Pile driver from the top rope!

    September 16, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. ICARE

    Please, we just got rid of the elephants, whatever you do out there, dont put elephants back in the house. They'll just stay the course and ask for more peanuts.

    no more peanuts!!! no more peanuts!!!

    September 16, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Bob in Pa

    How appropriate, Dodd needs someone to do a lil' Smackdown on him.

    September 16, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Lord!

    Connecticut dems get out and vote against these morons! Even if it's for the other Democrat nominee...this idea that ANY republican candidate will suffice is getting ridiculous! I think this is probably how Michelle Bachman in Minnesota was voted in and she's a wack job!

    September 16, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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