Democrats in Connecticut and Washington on Tuesday went on the attack against former wrestling executive Linda McMahon (R), the day the 2010 Senate candidate was set to announce a second bid for Senate in Connecticut.
Formerly the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, McMahon will compete for retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-Conn.) seat. McMahon is scheduled to announce her candidacy Tuesday at an event at a factory in Southington, Conn.
McMahon lost in 2010 to now-Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) by about 7 points, despite investing millions of her own money in the race.
"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," said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Matt Canter. "Nothing has changed about McMahon since voters resoundingly rejected her candidacy last year and she shouldn’t be surprised when it happens again this time around.”
In a statement flagging her Tuesday announcement, McMahon seemed to preemptively push back on Democrats' expected line of attack, calling herself a job creator and not a politician.
"We need to send to Washington people who know how the economy works, who know how job creators think, who have created jobs and who have had to deal with the real-world consequences of the taxes and regulations Congress passes," said McMahon, according to the Hartford Courant. "You don't fix the problems in Washington by sending back the same people who created them."
Connecticut Democrats sought to tie McMahon to negative impressions of the wrestling industry, claiming she put profits ahead of employee safety and benefited from the violence and degradation of women.
“Connecticut voters are smarter than Linda McMahon gives them credit for, and they’re not interested in her hollow claims that she’s not a 'politician,' " said Connecticut Democratic Party spokeswoman Jacie Falkowski.
McMahon in entering a crowded primary contest that includes former Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.), attorney Brian K. Hill and Vernon Mayor Jason McCoy (R). On the Democratic side, Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is competing with former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D) and state Rep. William Tong (D).
A Quinnipiac University poll last week showed McMahon beating Shays 50-35, but losing in a match-up with Murphy or Bysiewicz.