McMahon’s Political Career

By 2010, with the elections just around the corner, the Democrats announced its new candidate hours after Chris Dodd stepped down from his senate seat. Taking his place was the Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who enjoyed a job approval rating of more than 80%. While Blumenthal proved to be more than what the Republicans expected, neither Simmons nor McMahon were discouraged as they took the ongoing anti-Democrat trend of the 2010 elections as a sure sign of their victory.

Unlike before, though, the tides were shifting in favor of Linda this time around. Even if Blumenthal lead any and all Republican contenders by twenty to thirty points, McMahon was surging through the surveys in the Republican Party. In time, she was able to overtake Simmons in terms of popularity amongst the Republicans, gaining support mostly from female voters, conservatives and residents of the Fairfield County area.

By the time of the Republican Convention, where the Republicans would finally pick the final list of candidates for certain key government positions around the country, Linda McMahon was on the offensive. Her campaign called out Blumenthal for his alleged faulty statements about his services in the Vietnam war, claiming that he fabricated everything in his stories. This attack didn’t do much to dent the Democrat representative, though, as it backfired on the Republicans. Blumenthal was able to clear himself of all the allegations thanks to an uploaded video of his speech where the Republicans claimed he lied about his military days. Later on, Ed Patru admitted to reporters that the whole thing was engineered in the McMahon campaign’s attempts to impress the Republican delegates and representatives in time for the Republican Convention.

The Republican Convention would hold good things for the McMahon campaign, as the embattled campaign and senate hopeful got things to go their way this time around. Simmons, who was previously beating McMahon at almost every point, was now on a slump as he gradually lost delegates to McMahon along with any and all funds for his campaign. Visibly frustrated, Simmons publicly claimed that he had more delegates than McMahon but this did him no good in the Convention where he lost the first round of voting. He then forced a primary against McMahon but lost once more, leading to Linda McMahon winning the Republican Party’s support and representation. While she may have won a long battle within the party itself, this wouldn’t translate well when it came to the national elections, where she lost to Blumenthal in the fight to be Connecticut’s next senator.

–Post written by Christie Weisberg, entertainment writer and bartender with Goldstar Bartending. She covers topics such as entertainment, nightlife, TV, fashion, and drinking. Her email address is christie.r.weisberg@optonline.net.

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