McMahon tries again for Conn. Senate seat
September 20th, 2011
12:42 PM ET
9 years ago

McMahon tries again for Conn. Senate seat

Washington (CNN) - Former professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon announced Tuesday she was making another bid for Senate in Connecticut, almost one year after spending tens of millions of dollars on an unsuccessful run against Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

"I am a proven job creator," McMahon said in her announcement event at a Southington, Conn. machinery factory.

McMahon continued, "It is clear to us, regardless of what political party you belong to, that we are going down the wrong economic path, a path and track we have to get off of. And we have to get off in a hurry."

McMahon is running for the seat currently held by independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who caucuses with Democrats. Lieberman announced he would not be running for reelection after serving in the Senate for 22 years.

McMahon is the wife of Vince McMahon, the chairman of the professional wrestling organization WWE and a former professional wrestler himself. Linda McMahon served as president and CEO of the company until she launched her first bid for Senate in 2009.

In a statement, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee disparaged McMahon for the amount of money she spent during her last campaign.

"Linda McMahon tried to buy the election last year with more than $50 million dollars of attacks and negative campaigning," DSCC spokesman Matt Canter said in a statement. "But even last year, when voters everywhere were electing Republicans, Connecticut voters said they didn't need a greedy CEO like McMahon who made her fortune by putting her own profits before the health and safety of her workers and marketing sex and violence to children."

A recent Quinnipiac poll showed McMahon trailing Democratic challenger Rep. Chris Murphy 49 percent to 38 percent. In a potential GOP primary, the poll showed McMahon beating former Republican Rep. Chris Shays 50 percent to 35 percent.

Quinnipiac conducted the poll from Sep. 8 – 13 and surveyed 1,230 registered voters of the phone. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 2.8 percent.

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Filed under: Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Senate
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    The WWE is not doing so well these days. Not as well as it used to. I wish someone would ask her what types of jobs she created. WWE does not manufacture squat. Manufacturing is what this country needs. Something that can sell around the world to a larger audience than pubescent males in the US.

    September 20, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. ART

    Oh oh its a rematch but she still does not have anything to offer and she's still on the wrong team

    September 20, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    Manufacturing is what this country needs. Something that can sell around the world
    I agree!! But the USA has become a hostile environment for manufacturing companies. The thousands of government rules and regs compounded by all the taxes. Then there are the union fights and now NLRB interference in where companies can build factories. ANd then you never know when you'll be the target of Obama demonizations! Going overseas makes far more sense compliments of your government's actions.

    September 20, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    As far as being a "Proven Job Creator", most of the WWE folks are listed as private contractors, not employees. This election will also be a lot harder for her, because she does not have a popular Republican Governor who can help campaign for her, too. Add to that her running as a moderate Republican against former Congressman and also moderate Republican Chris Shays, as well as two Conservative Republicans somewhere to the right of Rick Perry. The polls on this one are strange, too. She leads the other Republicans for the nomination, but one of the other candidates polls better than her against the potential Democrats. Go figure!

    September 20, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. patNY

    What I can never get is people who lost a general election seeking the same position they lost just a year or two later...she doesn't get it...the great smart people of CT know better! And besides, how can any sane CT'r vote for you, as you will be the Junior Sen. to the guy that beat you last year you ego maniac!

    September 20, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Who gives a crap? She'll lose again as Astroturf Frankenstein continues to rampage throughout the congress.

    Warren just polled 2% ahead of Brown in MA. Eat it Teatrolls.

    September 20, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. EddyL

    Don't these stupid people ever just GO AWAY?

    September 20, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Henry

    She ugly too.

    September 20, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. don

    One more try. One more loss.

    September 20, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    You lost the ;ast time. Why do youthink people would give you a shot this time? Don't waste your time. Go back and put a sleeper hold on Vince

    September 20, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Pasqualehaven

    Wrestler to be pinned a second time in Connecticut tournament!

    September 20, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Sebastian

    Don`t get me wrong. I`m a red-booded American male. I never went in for the fake fighting & drama that MacMahon peddles. Sure, I loved watching the dental floss bikini wearing hot chicks regardless of their implanted-enhanced breasts. But that doesn`t mean I approve of the self-image damage she inflicted on young girls as she taught young boys to objectify women.

    At 6` 1" 220# I never felt the need to buyin to the steroid derived, muscle bound imagery that she foisted on young boys.

    This lady was a hustler, a pimp of imagery that was notin the interest of mainstream citizens. She calls herself a "job creator". She sure created jobs for plastic surgeons doing Double-D enhancements and BALCO steroid labs.

    But that DOES NOT mean she has earned respect as an entreprenuer that added to the well being of society. Now she wants to buy legitimacy as a US Senator? I don`t think so! Take your sleazyv/ self-servingly obtained money and go away. You can`t clense your image through the Connecticut Senate seat.

    September 20, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. wgf

    "I am a proven job creator,"

    Why is it that these candidates who have run a successful business and hired someone think it that qualifies them to implement a successful economic policy at the federal level ? It's not the same thing at all.

    September 20, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    "...proven job creator"? So... You're also a proven loser. Take the hint...

    September 20, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. ex-sarge

    Does anyone ever ask her to address the steroid use in the WWE? Does anyone ever ask her to address the physical injuries that are rampant in the WWE? So once these performers have injured themselves beyond recovery what does the WWE do for them? Squat is what. That is what she looking to do for the voters of CT, squat. If she is a job creator, then I am a journalist for commenting in this stream.

    September 20, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Steve

    That's the thing. She created (through her husband, of course), at best, about 1000 jobs, if you count all the wresters, stage personalities, announcers, trainers, and support crew. Then she paid them all peanuts, and sat idly by while these athletes pushed themselves into early graves.

    September 20, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Little Jimmy Truth

    McMahon, good luck!!! I hope that you will be great.

    September 20, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. nagrom

    Let's see She condones drugs and violence. Surely a good start for another Republican moron.

    September 20, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. MTATL67

    With the Republican Congressmen ear-marking $260,000 for squirrels in Tennessee and $200,000 for A Corvette simulator in Kentucky on the FAA budget. She might want to run as an Independent. The Republican party has no idea and no plan they evidently think this is ok. Since their supporters do not seem to mind it or hold them accountable when they buy such things with the American tax payers money. I can tell you I was on the phone to my Republican Senators office as soon as I found about this bone-head buys.

    September 20, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Stop the Charade

    So was every circus owner who had a sideshow. That doesn't make a person qualified to be a Senator.

    September 20, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Sequoia

    Ha Ha. It's hilarious when these clowns flush their own money down the toilet to lose elections.

    September 20, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. effelbee

    Not again, please. As a resident of Connecticut, we need to remember that this woman is way far to the right of the state's citizens. While she is too smart to rival Michele Bachmann, her politics are almost as regressive.

    September 20, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. whoa!

    creating jobs... you like in-ring pole dancers?

    September 20, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    The Tea Party, the WWE, the KKK, the NRA, etc. – the backbone of the GOP. Speaks volumes!!!!!!!

    September 20, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |