Former Connecticut Rep. Chris Shays was no fan of his GOP Senate primary opponent Linda McMahon, and has said he wouldn't support her if she won the primary. After McMahon's sweeping victory Tuesday night, Shays struck a more conciliatory note -- but it doesn't seem like it's all water under the bridge just yet.
The Connecticut Mirror:
Shays told his supporters, "I really respect the democratic process and I think when you are in a contest, when you lose, the campaign has ended."
But Shays' comments also made it clear there were some lingering hard feelings. He added, "I do not withdraw any comment that I made [during the campaign]. And there's a sense ... I will say it this way ... [McMahon's] positions are more in line with my positions clearly than Chris Murphy."
Those comments he made during the campaign include saying
"I have never run against an opponent that I have respected less" than the former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO.
He did, however, say he congratulated McMahon on the win and pledged his vote and support to her, the Mirror reported. More:
Though the former congressman had attacked McMahon's lack of political experience during the campaign, calling her unqualified, he said that wouldn't be an obstacle toward building party unity for the general election.
Shays did say, however, that he does not respect how McMahon had conducted the race. "I think avoiding the press and not meeting with editorial boards and not being willing to debate is something I didn't respect, but her positions and my positions are not far apart," he said. "And that's what I'll focus on."