McMahon Wins GOP Primary in Connecticut
Former worldwide wrestling executive Linda McMahon easily won the Republican primary for the Senate in Connecticut Tuesday. This is the second opportunity she will have to win the senate seat as she failed to do so in the 2010 elections.
McMahon defeated Christopher Shays, who is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and one of Connecticut’s fixtures of moderate politics. With her victory, she underscored the importance of being a wealthy candidate and an outside one. She outspent Shays 12 to 1 during the primary campaign and inundated the airwaves with ads that promoted herself as a new political maverick, willing to bring change and common sense to Congress.
Shays was a House member for over two decades before he lost in 2008. He lost due to his centrist views and prior experience in Washington that at one time made him one of the most popular Republicans in Connecticut, a state that tends to lean left.
McMahon told her supporters on Tuesday night that she would help to jumpstart the stagnant economy in the country. She said all the career members of Congress that helped to create the current economic mess, need to be given a pink slip.
Shays told his supporters he would be supporting McMahon in November’s election. He added that McMahon’s wealth trumped the experience he brought to the table.
McMahon will face off against Christopher Murphy in the election in November for the Senate seat that was vacated by independent Senator Joseph Lieberman. On Tuesday, Murphy was victorious in his primary against Susan Bysiewicz, the former secretary for the state.