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Linda McMahon Says She Was 'Stunned' by Her Loss

The former head of the WWE gave a post-election interview to Bloomberg News recently and said she was working on her acceptance speech when she learned she'd lost her bid - once again - for a U.S. Senate seat.

Linda McMahon was sitting alone, going over her acceptance speech, when she learned she'd lost, for the second time in as many years, her expensive and hard-fought battle to join the U.S. Senate.

In an interview with Bloomberg News a few days ago, McMahon said she was sitting in an upstairs room of her home, fine-tuning her acceptance speech about 40 minutes after the polls had closed, when she caught sight of a TV graphic showing that Democrat Chris Murphy had won.

"I was stunned for a moment," McMahon told Bloomberg News. "I sat there for a few minutes on my own, reflecting on what the race had been. I thought about the thousands of people who not only had touched me but whom I had touched as well. All the notes, 'Thank you for running. Thank you for showing me that it’s worth putting everything on the line,' and things like that."

She said that while some have criticized her for spending so much of her personal fortune on her Senate aspirations, $97 million as of the latest accounting, comments that she was trying to buy a U.S. Senate seat were off the mark, McMahon told the news service.

"The way it’s framed is that I’m trying to buy the election for my own personal gain. What would be my personal gain? I’m not looking for a new career. I’ve had a wonderful career. I was hoping to bring a different voice and perspective and use my skills that have been honed as a CEO in bringing people together," Bloomberg quotes her.

Connie Dickerson November 14, 2012 at 01:01 PM
She is clueless. How could she be surprised by losing? Does she not read the newspapers or use the internet?
John Loeser November 14, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I am sure she is well-meaning, but she is missing the basic premise. Our system is all about "we the people", and not "I, Linda McMahon". Successful politicians, such as Christopher Shays, try to speak for the majority of people whose support they want, and seek to draw out the skills of the people, and not simply voice and act out their own personal imperialism, even if well-meaning.
William Brown November 14, 2012 at 01:43 PM
While Ms. McMahon does not believe she was trying to buy the Senate seat, the electorate believed she was because of the enormous sums of money she spent in 2 Senate elections and the fact that she used extensive out-of-state firms to help her craft her message, her strategy and her pr campaign. She seemed to have concluded that in-state professionals in those areas could not help her which was one more indication that she appeared to be in the race for personal reasons and not for the citizens of CT.
Ed Smith November 14, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I never did see any ads from Chris Murphy. I got 2 a week from Linda McMahon, and practically every one was just dirt on Chris Murphy...and not enough context or information to really make up my own mind if her interpretation was true. I ended up getting a very slimy feeling from her, not sure of anything she actually wanted to accomplish except getting elected. I suppose that is true to some extent for most of them. Chris Murphy....I voted for him because of his Buy American laws, we need a lot more of that kind of thinking in government. Some criticized him for personal money problems but I know for a fact there are people all around us with economic problems, not their own fault to a large degree. Chris Murphy hopefully will remember the things he says about changing govt spending and trade rules so jobs are made in America. Linda McMahon definitely does not feel our pain.
Ed Smith November 14, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Wasn't Shays with the crowd itching to go to war in Iraq? Wasn't he part of that crowd of free traders who sold out our jobs? We see how his ideas have been very bad already. Shays is the kind of "successful politician" that is killing us.

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