Former WWE executive Linda McMahon won her party’s Senate nomination last night, beating out Rep. Rob Simmons. The Connecticut Republican already spent $22 million of her own money on her Senate primary campaign, and didn’t rule out spending a lot more before November.
“I have said from the beginning, I would spend what it would take for the people of Connecticut to know who I am and what I stand for,” McMahon told me. “It’s money I’ve earned, it’s money I’m willing to invest into being a public servant for the people of Connecticut.”
McMahon said using her own money ensures her independence.
“I’m not going to take any special interest money or any PAC money…when I get to Washington I want to be the voice for the people of Connecticut and not owe special favors,” she said.
McMahon’s time heading the WWE became a campaign issue. Last night DSCC chair Sen. Robert Menendez released a statement saying “Connecticut Republicans today nominated a corporate CEO of WWE, who under her watch violence was peddled to kids, steroid abuse was rampant, yet she made her millions.”
McMahon wouldn’t admit if she had any regrets about her time at the WWE. She said Democrats can continue attacking it, she will focus on other issues.
“I’m going to continue to talk about what is important to the people of Connecticut which is jobs, getting people back to work, the economy. Because that is what is on their minds and that is what is proven to be effective throughout my campaign so far,” she said.
Watch my interview with McMahon here: