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 backcountry Greenwich 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.

Lorna November 13, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Too bad Linda couldn't have "blown" some of that campaign spending on things like the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, support for veterans and the mentally ill.... Yes, I suppose campaign funds benefit some sign businesses, printers and media outlets, but it's sad to think how wasteful all that spending is when there are agencies, desperate for funds, that make a genuine difference in people's lives.
Connecticut15 November 14, 2012 at 02:10 AM
The amount of money spent on each of her campaigns equates proportionately to what Obama spent. Perhaps, Lorna could suggest that Obama should have spent his campaign money differently. He was an incumbent with much more traction and an infrastructure in place since 2008. Nonetheless, there were significant questionable campaign contributions to his campaign. What is good for the goose should be good for the gander.
Connecticut15 November 14, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Think of it this way, a Connecticut resident decides to run for Senate and spend her own money. It would be noteworthy if Connecticut businesses benefitted to a great extent. Of course, I doubt McMahon's carbon footprint could have come anywhere close to that of Air Force One and all the attendant planes, vehicles, etc. In this age of advanced technology, that environmental waste is disturbing. Yet, wasn't the signing of the Stimulus Bill done in Colorado, nearly clear across the country from Washington DC - another jaunt using a lot of fuel and emitting a lot of exhausts.
Ipso Facto December 02, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Incoherent comment, as usual. Think of it this way. Teanderthals nominated Linda instead of Shays who probably would have won. Why? Because Teanderthals wanted to drain Linda's bank account? Interesting theory. You Teanderthals should nominate her for governor in 2014. She still won't be electable -- but hey she still has millions left to spend!


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