McMahon: 'No Regrets' in Second Failed Senate Campaign [UPDATE]

Democrat Chris Murphy, the 5th District representative, has defeated GOP hopeful Linda McMahon in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Update 10:20 p.m.

Saying it’s her own and her supporters’ job to hold responsible Connecticut’s delegation in Washington, D.C., Greenwich Republican Linda McMahon conceded the U.S. Senate race to Democrat Chris Murphy.

In the second concession speech she’s given in two years, the longtime WWE chief said she had no regrets about an often contentious campaign that drew a national spotlight.

“I don’t think we left a stone unturned,” McMahon told more than 250 supporter and media members gathered in the ballroom at the Stamford Hilton hotel. “I don’t think we would do anything differently in the campaign.”

Vying for the senate seat to be vacated by former Democrat Joe Lieberman, an Independent, McMahon and Murphy ran aggressive campaign ads and lobbed accusations of wrongdoing throughout the final weeks and days of the race.

McMahon said during her speech that she congratulated Murphy and reminded him that he’s accountable.

“I asked him to work hard for the people in our state,” McMahon said.

“It is our responsibility to charge them, to challenge them to make sure they hear what we say and to make sure they are doing what we need because they work for us,” she said to an appreciative crowd. “And if we let them forget that, then shame on us because we need to voice our concerns and we need to say what we need, and I’m looking forward to being helpful in that regard.”

In one light moment during her speech, McMahon—flanked by family and friends, including WWE pro wrestlers—thanked her husband Vince “who stood beside me and behind me all the way through this,” adding: “He’s very shy. He doesn’t want to come out.”

Murphy could not be reached for comment.

In an email to supporters, Murphy said he was thankful and called his campaign “the largest grassroots network of support Connecticut has ever seen.”

“But tonight's result is not the end of the campaign, it's beginning of a conversation I hope to continue with you throughout my time as a United States Senator.”

Update 9 p.m.

The Associated Press has called the contentious U.S. Senate race for the seat vacated by Joe Lieberman for Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Cheshire, over GOP candidate Linda McMahon, according to an article cited in the Connecticut Post.

Tonight's victory by Chris shows that we have elections in Connecticut, not auctions,'' Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement.

Four-term incumbent Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with the Democratic Party, decided not to seek re-election in 2012. Lieberman sat as a Democrat until 2006, when he was defeated by Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary; he then ran as an independent in the general election and he won. He has since caucused with the Democrats as an "Independent Democrat."

Former Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz and Murphy—a 5th District Congressman—competed for the Democratic nomination. McMahon, the 2010 Republican Senate nominee, and former Congressmen Chris Shays competed for the GOP nomination. Murphy and McMahon won their respective primaries on Aug. 14, and faced Libertarian Paul Passarelli.

Update 8 p.m.

The ballroom stage and podium (pictured) at the Stamford Hilton where Greenwich resident and longtime WWE CEO Linda McMahon will either claim or concede victory in a hotly contested U.S. Senate race is being swarmed by dozens of media members as the 8 p.m. poll-closing time approaches.

Arriving here at the headquarters just now are Douglas Eklund, an Oxford resident who is moving to Stamford, and Cathy Bertasso, a city resident.

Bertasso, 69, a registered Democrat and retired human resources professional, said she is supporting McMahon because the GOP candidate is a job creator.

“She is just a generous supporter and she’s a small business woman,” Bertasso told Patch. “She knows how to create jobs and I think she would be an asset. She’s not political. She doesn’t have to do this.”

Eklund, 70, a retired SNET technician and former member of the Oxford RTC, said McMahon could help turn around the economy.

“She could help around these events that have gotten us into a situation with enormous deficit and excessive spending,” Eklund said.

Update 4 p.m.

Hours before polls close on one of Connecticut’s most widely anticipated races, supporters for the two major party candidates for lame duck U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman’s seat say they’re eager and optimistic.

Mary Howard, a registered Republican from Stamford, broke away from the phones at her city’s GOP headquarters to say she sees in party candidate Linda McMahon—longtime CEO of the WWE, based just one mile away—many of the same qualities she sees in presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

“She is such a good businessperson and has created so many jobs here in Connecticut, which [Democrat Chris] Murphy has not done,” said Howard, a Manhasset, N.Y. native and former New Canaan resident who formerly worked as a flight attendant.

The McMahon-Murphy race has drawn a national spotlight as one of a handful in Congress where Democrats and Republicans have been neck-and-neck in much of the polling since primaries this summer. The race also has drawn attention and criticism for what’s been described as the personal, vitriolic nature of many campaign ads.

Murphy, a congressman in the Fifth District, received a vote today from 75-year-old Barbara Spitzer of Stamford, a native of the Chicago area and former Greenwich resident who volunteered with the city’s Democratic party during the campaign season.

For Spitzer, a psychologist, Murphy stands for women in important ways.

“I think he wants women to have choice and equal pay, and I think he stands for the environment and that’s so important, especially after this storm,” Spitzer.

Even as a separate storm approaches for Wednesday, the lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy could be felt in Stamford and elsewhere. Nearly 5,000 customers of Connecticut Light and Power, the state’s major utility, remained without power as of 3:30 p.m.—down from a high of more than 600,000 one week ago.

According to Stamford Democratic City Committee Chairman John Mallozzi, overall turnout in Stamford is projected to hit about 78 percent today—down from about 81 percent four years ago.

Meanwhile, McMahon cast her vote Tuesday afternoon at North Street School in Greenwich. Speaking to the media afterwards, McMahon said she felt she had gotten her message across to constituents.

“It was my intention from the beginning to let the people of Connecticut know that I had a plan to put them back to work, to jumpstart our economy and I think that message has been resonating loud and clear,” she said.

In a video released on YouTube Tuesday (attached), Murphy—who is casting his vote Tuesday afternoon in Cheshire—urged his supporters to cast their ballots.

“This election is going to be close so make sure you reserve enough time today to get out to the polls,” he said.

The libertarian candidate for the senate seat is Paul Passarelli of Norwalk.

On his campaign website, Passarrelli paints himself as a Washington outsider who will bring fresh perspective to the senate seat.

“It bears repeating, that I will go to Washington for the State of Connecticut, the Constitution of the Unites States, and the Republic that is the Unites States of America; not for the Democrats, not for the GOP, or even the Libertarians, the Objectivists, the Greens, etc… regardless of whether he earns their support or their vilification,” the campaign website says.

Original Story

For months, Senate hopefuls Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy have traded barbs over the airwaves and during several debates. Voters will soon decide which of the candidates will replace outgoing U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman.

The most recent poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling and released on Nov. 2, says that Murphy has a 52-43 advantage. 

McMahon, former CEO of WWE and a 2010 candidate for U.S. Senate, has been running a self-funded campaign focused on the economy. Chris Murphy, a congressman in the Fifth District, has sought to differentiate himself from McMahon on women’s issues.

Paul Passarelli, of Norwalk, is running on the Libertarian ticket. 

Hermann Zwergel November 15, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Evelyn, listen to a GOP governor and possible presidential candidate - CNSNews.com) - Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal gave his first post-election interview to the liberal-leaning Politico, and he had some unflattering things to say about his fellow Republicans. “Stop being the stupid party,” Politico quoted Jindal as saying during the 45-minute telephone interview. “It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments — enough of that,” Jindal was quoted as saying. “It’s not going to be the last time anyone says something stupid within our party, but it can’t be tolerated within our party. "We’ve also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.” He said the GOP must not be the party of "big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything." "We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”
Alethiologist November 15, 2012 at 08:40 PM
The three billion awakening emerging world souls of this planet have neither the patience nor the desire to see how western civilization’s repudiation of individualism and adoption of collectivism turns out (as if humanity has not had enough historical lessons on such dreams of mandatory collectivism). The once exceptionally prosperous western world will be absorbed into worldwide averagedom in short order.
mark November 15, 2012 at 09:27 PM
President obama at this time needs to put in law that no corp.can make full time employees part time employees if their employment records have shown full time employment.just So they don't have to pay for health care.
Sandra November 15, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Alethiologist November 15, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Ho ho ho ho ... Here comes Santa Claus gov!
Hermann Zwergel November 15, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Evelyn - all your Whining is so unbecoming, you LOST ! Have some Cheese!!! CNSNews.com) - Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal gave his first post-election interview to the liberal-leaning Politico, and he had some unflattering things to say about his fellow Republicans. “Stop being the stupid party,
Hollywood2 November 16, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Evelyn, Get off your high horse. Its over for Republicans. Your party is a shambles and out of touch with reality. Put Lovin' it!
Alethiologist November 16, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I don't get down from my horse, I get it from my geese. Are you saying 49.5% of voters have no say?
Alethiologist November 16, 2012 at 12:58 AM
If you have any doubts about this inevitability of taxing the middle class, given current spending levels, look at Europe. The main difference in taxation burden between Europe and the US is not in the high incomes — where Americans living in California and New York already pay European level marginal tax rates — but in the middle and lower classes. In Europe the top tax rates of roughly 40-55% (often even excluding healthcare deductions) kick in at about two to three times average income, i.e. roughly around the 60-90K annual income range. In addition, everyone, rich or poor, pays a hefty 20-25% VAT on virtually everything they buy. But if you still live in the delusion that HopNChange does not really mean the inevitable Europeanization of America, just look at the US state that seems to be on the vanguard of HopNChange: California. Where the top tax rate of 9.30% kicks in at a mere $48,942 of annual income.
Jane Gallagher November 16, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Sorry, I just don't think that taxing is the answer - Accountability, being responsible for yourself and family, I don't believe in the Liberal mindset. You see - Raising taxes does not help - you can't afford it, don't buy it. NO MORE FREE RIDES, living off the state, these people own iPads, and they drive luxury cars - are you kidding me?? The STATE should not pay for my child, the father should be forced to GET A JOB. You know what the liberal courts say?That they won't force him to get a job! What? Are you kidding me? Why should tax payers pay for other peoples children? Don't you see??? I don't want STATE assistance - I want the deadbeat held accountable. ERASE taxes that support people who want to GRUB off the state and other peoples hard work - I should not be taxed to pay for others, no one should. I am PROUD to be a CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN and I support my child. I do NOT WANT state assistance - I want LESS GOVERMENT and more ACCOUNTABILITY from adults who have to support their kids - get a job, get two jobs. Support yourself and get off STATE AIDE - JUST SAY NO TO TAXES PEOPLE and these LIBERAL Tax and SPEND ideas. Let me keep my taxes so I don't have to go after a deadbeat who will never have to pay - in 10 yrs he has never been ordered to pay me back a dime, yep, the courts are liberal - they guy should be in jail - yet in this liberal state, deadbeats walk free. Loser lives with his MOTHER, lives off her state dole.Good going Connecticut, such good policies, not.
Hollywood2 November 16, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Evelyn, You need to be goosed! The bus is leaving for secession-ville, please step to the back of the bus. Enjoy the ride!
Hollywood2 November 16, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Is Mich McConnell actually alive? Looks like is tie is so wound tight around his neck, he actually doesn't breathe Must be a Disney prop.
Sandra November 16, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Evelyn obviously the crazies come out at night. Their posts are examples of "revengeful" Obama voters
Guido November 16, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Maybe if Linda had provided a half-naked, kneeling woman and permitted Vince to unzip his pants, he would not have been too shy to come out.
William Brighenti, CPA November 16, 2012 at 04:53 AM
I loved your joke, that one-liner about how cutting taxes on billionaires will create jobs in America. I never laughed so hard in my entire life. Your runs for the Senate were more entertaining than WWE. Thanks for the laughs.
Alethiologist November 16, 2012 at 10:32 AM
How many more would work if they did not get food stamps and obama phones and free lotto tickets? You can blame anyone you want for not creating jobs or exporting jobs but who do you blame for a culture eager to suck on the community teat? The enablers. Time to grow up and take care of yourself.
Hollywood2 November 16, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I would pay 10 bucks to see a WWF Smackdown between Evelyn and Linda. Vince is in re-hab.
Alethiologist November 16, 2012 at 04:08 PM
H2 Now would that be your food stamp money?
Alethiologist November 16, 2012 at 04:34 PM
California...the former poster child for capitalism and its subsequent decline to socialism results in trickle up and all around POVERTY! In my lifetime....we're next. "The Golden State has reached a poverty rate that is now twice as bad as West Virginia’s and substantially worse than the rates of poverty in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas, according to a new measure of poverty developed by the federal Census Bureau. Democrat-run California earned its last-place rank under the federal government’s new measure of poverty, which incorporates more detailed analyses of welfare payments and the local costs of food, gasoline and housing. (View the new census data report) The state’s costs are boosted by its environmental and workplace regulations, and by 38 million residents’ competition for housing close to the sea." Anyone under 50 is screwed...big time. Enjoy
Alethiologist November 16, 2012 at 04:38 PM
The stunning reversal in fortunes for the Democrat-dominated state — once a worldwide symbol of glitz and wealth — is underlined by previous census reports, which showed that only 11.1 percent of the state’s population was poor in 1969 Forty years later, after waves of federal and state regulations on housing, banking, health care and air quality, and amid increased financial aid for unmarried parents, youth, immigrants and unskilled people, the national poverty rate has climbed to 15.8 percent, according to the new Census Bureau measure. The new measure supplants a poverty gauge developed in the 1960s. It incorporates the economic impact of welfare programs, transportation and child-care costs, changes in child-rearing practices — especially the impact of single parents raising kids — plus differences in the region’s average prices and health care costs
Hollywood2 November 16, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Evelyn, No, I buy cigarettes, Colt 45 and lottery tickets with my food stamps. Still have enough left to gas up my Hummer so I can go to Mohegan Sun
sebastian dangerfield November 16, 2012 at 06:11 PM
az You might want to check your facts. How many people were considered poor prior to social security? Since medicaid came about, what is the level of obesity in this country? While I understand why democrats point the finger for 'the rich' to pay for these people--you need to explain, or at least consider, why the country is getting poorer, and more unhealthy. Do you think that providing safety nets has any consequence , in this direction? Put it more in your frame of mind--if you have a 'daddy' that you know will take care of you--are you more likely to work super hard, or skate by? The logic of the left, says that the kids of the rich, skate by-so , in keeping with this frame of mind, lets also understand that all of these entitlement programs, alter our culture and provide a disincentive to be responsible. For those people who criticize Bloomberg for anti -smoking laws, and addressing diet, that is the way to go.... but the left all get up in arms because you are taking away their 'rights' to 64 oz cokes.... Nope-- this guy is saying if you want free medical care--then at least make some effort to be healthier--and if you cant--then we will do our best to prevent unhealthy behavior that costs people money.
sebastian dangerfield November 16, 2012 at 06:19 PM
William Brighenti "cpa" Hey Will, Since you laugh at economic theory that has been employed by democrats as well as republicans---can you point out the times where government spending, and tighter regulation, as opposed to tax cuts , has spurred this economy, or any economy for that matter. Im laughing at your fake qualifications. because anyone who has any concept of finance, understands that the government is the least efficient entity that exists. http://www.minnpost.com/global-post/2012/11/us-post-office-reports-record-loss-nearly-16-billion http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2012/11/16/fha-facing-163b-deficit-audit-finds/ those are just 2 quick headlines in the past 24 hours of government run entities that lose billions and billions. And your solution is to take money out of people's pockets and give it to the government? I think Silver Hill has other people laughing--you may want to join them in your laugh-fest.
Sandra November 16, 2012 at 08:14 PM
AZ watch your language -I will report you
Hollywood2 November 17, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I will go out on a limb (as I do) and guarantee, McMahon will file for Bankruptcy protection within two years! Evelyn, you in?
William Brighenti, CPA November 17, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Luca Duff Cruz: my credentials are as legitimate as your name...LOL! Regarding cutting government spending, I am all for that: 20% of our federal budget goes to the military-industrial complex. Let's chop off $700 billion right there every year. As you said, the government is not efficient. We do not need to finance General Petraeus' and General Allen's salaries writing thousands of emails to Jill Kelly and Paula Broadwell, do we?
Jane Gallagher November 17, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Enjoy socialism Hollywood - my family escaped socialist goverment - where you stand in line for eggs for days... called soviet Union - soicalism fails everytime - you want a socialist government go find one - and leave our republic - where small buisnesses and freedoms are what we base our social successes on - a REPUBLIC if we can keep it - that is what our founding father, Ben Franklin said. IF WE CAN KEEP IT.... they know that slackers like you want to suck off others who work hard for a liviing - NO MORE TAXES.... GIVE ME FREEDOM OR GIVE ME DEATH!!! CONSERVATIVES RISE and start throwing the tea in the harbor!!! Democrats are the what the King of England was to us.... rally Freedom fighters against the social decline that is socialism!
sebastian dangerfield November 17, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Hollywood. 1-sure you want to bet--lets bet. 2-if she filed , then you'd like her more. Success to Democrats is a bad thing. If you are here illegally, and need assistance, then you approve. The new messed up backward thinking. Kennedy family was rich. Kerry is super rich---but you hate linda because she is rich? Just shows the thought process of certain people. rich is bad unless its good , unless its bad. Oh--it simply comes down to if you have a D next to your name. The problem is--the poor keep getting poorer in this state and country, despite all the fake efforts of your heroes. When you gonna figure that out?
sebastian dangerfield November 17, 2012 at 05:16 PM
AZ If losing equates to being humiliated, then you must be constantly humiliated. You sure that losing is bad? Think about your life. hahahahah
Jane Gallagher November 17, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Your a pig Hollywood - the face of america today... sad to see social decline... and your drooling - slob like demeanor is what America is becoming... sad for generations who have such characters like you in our society... pig-like. Evelyn, you are a gem - a rare role model..... You too Sandra - why are women like us not able to vote Obama out? How did we let him get in AGAIN? unbelieveable..... its scary.


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