Linda McMahon Officially Enters Connecticut Senate Ring

Posted September 16, 2009 at 8:48am

World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) announced Wednesday morning that she will run for Senate in Connecticut.McMahon, who is rumored to be willing to put upward of $30 million into her campaign, joins several other Republicans in the primary, including former Rep. Rob Simmons, who are seeking the nomination to challenge Sen. Chris Dodd (D). The chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee is the most vulnerable Democratic Senator up for re-election in 2010. “Washington is out of control, and sadly, Sen. Chris Dodd has lost his way and our trust,— McMahon said in making her announcement. “I can’t sit by on the sidelines anymore knowing that I have both the experience and the strength to stand up to special interests and bring badly needed change to Washington.—This is not McMahon’s first foray into politics, although it is her first run for office. She has frequently donated to political candidates, including many Democrats, and was appointed by Gov. Jodi Rell (R) to the state education board earlier this year. Also according to McMahon’s campaign, the Republican will limit personal contributions to $100 per person and will not accept contributions from political action committees.In addition to McMahon and Simmons, former Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley and state Sen. Sam Caligiuri are running for the GOP nomination. Businessman Peter Schiff (R), who also has personal financial resources he could spend on a bid, is exploring a run for the seat.