Connecticut GOP Senate nominee Chris Murphy released a new TV ad Monday, claiming his GOP opponent Linda McMahon "demeaned" women as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment and saying she sides "with the most extreme Republicans to deny women health care." The ad come at a time when personal finance accusations are swirling around the state, mostly directed at Murphy.
It's no surprise the ad seizes on McMahon's WWE tenure -- it's an attack renewed recently by the state Democratic Party in a back-and-forth with the WWE over some of their more salacious footage featuring McMahon and her family. Throughout the campaign, Murphy has tried to play up so-called women's issues, tapping into the summer's uproar over Missouri Congressman's Todd Akin's comments. NARAL Pro-Choice CT and NOW organized a conference call with reporters earlier this month attacking McMahon for her support, even if tepid, for the Blunt Amendment - support this new ad indirectly references.
After losing badly among women voters in 2010, McMahon has made appealing to women one of her top priorities this campaign, working to soften her image, play up her struggles meet women face-to-face on the campaign trail. This weekend, she held a rally with former Gov. Jodi Rell and Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, where McMahon dismissed Murphy's attacks, saying, "I am a woman. Why on earth would I be against women?"
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