Linda McMahon Says She Was 'Stunned' by Her Loss

The former head of the WWE gave a post-election interview to Bloomberg News recently and said she was working on her acceptance speech when she learned she'd lost her bid - once again - for a U.S. Senate seat.

Linda McMahon was sitting alone, going over her acceptance speech, when she learned she'd lost, for the second time in as many years, her expensive and hard-fought battle to join the U.S. Senate.

In an interview with Bloomberg News a few days ago, McMahon said she was sitting in an upstairs room of her home, fine-tuning her acceptance speech about 40 minutes after the polls had closed, when she caught sight of a TV graphic showing that Democrat Chris Murphy had won.

"I was stunned for a moment," McMahon told Bloomberg News. "I sat there for a few minutes on my own, reflecting on what the race had been. I thought about the thousands of people who not only had touched me but whom I had touched as well. All the notes, 'Thank you for running. Thank you for showing me that it’s worth putting everything on the line,' and things like that."

She said that while some have criticized her for spending so much of her personal fortune on her Senate aspirations, $97 million as of the latest accounting, comments that she was trying to buy a U.S. Senate seat were off the mark, McMahon told the news service.

"The way it’s framed is that I’m trying to buy the election for my own personal gain. What would be my personal gain? I’m not looking for a new career. I’ve had a wonderful career. I was hoping to bring a different voice and perspective and use my skills that have been honed as a CEO in bringing people together," Bloomberg quotes her.

jim laguardia November 15, 2012 at 03:32 PM
you are right, but my point is she (and other politicians) should thell us about themselves instead of telling us all about the other person, was the name Chris Murphy a household name, let alone know what he looked like before she flooded us with her ads about him??
QWERTY November 15, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Murphy did just as much bashing. This country is so completely screwed up. We have a business women willing to spend close to $100 million OF HER OWN MONEY to win and election and she gets bashed for doing so. On the other hand, we have a career politician who gets lauded while begging for campaign contributions. Seriously people, do you think McMahon, as one senator, is going to be able make enough change before her time on earth expires in order to recoup and then profit off the $100 million she spent?!
jim laguardia November 15, 2012 at 05:09 PM
i know all of that, but why talk about the other guy so much?? why not talk about themselves?
QWERTY November 15, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Because negative ads trump positive ads! People who voted for Murphy are hiding behind this as an excuse. If you're a Democrat, just say so! Why do people create an illusion as to how they voted? Positive McMahon ads wouldn't have changed the outcome.
jim laguardia November 15, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I guess her ads were not negative enough then?? I just wish candidates talked about themselves not then the opponent


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