Ex-WWE CEO Linda McMahon (R) “headlined a fundraiser” for Tea Party organizer/state Senate candidate Joe Markley (R) 8/31, “drawing a standing-room only crowd.”
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McMahon “described herself as a conciliator who wants to reach across party lines and make Washington work.” The audience “applauded, then lined up for pictures.”
LG nominee Mark Boughton (R): “She’s a freakin’ rock star.”
McMahon “offered only vague objections to ‘big government.’” She “listed no specifics about what she would cut, nor does she see the election as about her.” McMahon: “I really do believe this election in November is a referendum on Washington and the thigns that are happening in Washington.” She “shuns a discussion of the entitlements that consume” 40% of the federal budget, “saying they are not a topic for campaigns.”
McMahon “talked about her views on foreign policy. She offered little, other than a call for continued vigilance.” She “neither endorsed or criticized” the Obama admin “for declaring an end to the U.S. combat mission in Iraq.” McMahon: “There have been a lot of lives and effort put forth in Iraq. I hope that the stablization forces will be able to do exactly what the porgram and plan is for them” (Pazniokas, Connecticut Mirror, 9/1).
Yuck It Up
McMahon and AG Dick Blumenthal (D) “swapped insults” during a “roast that goes back 136 years” in Bristol at the Crocodile Club.
McMahon: “It’s great to see everyone here today. It’s good to see Dick anywhere. Howdy, stranger. When I looked around and saw Dick sitting here today I thought this must be the political equivalent of Groundhog Day, except that Dick came out of his bunker, saw his shadow and we’ve got eight more weeks of campaigning to do.”
Blumenthal “said he’s never been invited to a professional wrestling match.” Blumenthal: “I thought for sure I’d get an invitation this year. Oh well, you know it’s not really my cup of tea anyway.”
McMahon: “You don’t have to be invited. You just have to purchase a ticket” (Dixon, Connecticut Post, 8/31).
Blumenthal “worked the crowd.” Blumenthal: “I’m here without subpoenas. I noticed a few of you were not laughing.”
McMahon, on herself: “Some of you might have seen some of the mailers that I have sent out. But contrary to popular opinion, I am not running for postmaster general. I am running for United States Senate. … I’ve spent so much money on this campaign that Ned Lamont told me I should be governor” (Keating, Hartford Court, 9/1).
McMahon, before the roast when asked “Would you suggest that Dick Blumenthal wear a cup today”: “I left my steel-toed shoes at home” (Dixon, “Blog-O-Rama”, Connecticut News, 8/31).
C’mon Coakley, Get Your Head In The Game!
New London Day’s Collins writes that Blumenthal “should directly address some of the issues of the campaign, not just where McMahon’s money comes from, but how the two differ so profoundly on the issues. He needs to do more than wait for voter outrage over the next dead wrestler” (9/1).
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