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 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.

Bloomberg quotes her: "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." 

MarkA82 November 14, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Why? So Chris Murphy whos "served" this state in the congress for 6 years can continue to do nothing? 6 years, and yet our taxes are still high, our states unemployment rate is still high, as is the cost of living. Murphy is a professional politician, a do nothing one at that. Hes a chode.
Anna P. November 15, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I think the people have spoken, and said NO to the billionaires who wanted to buy the power of a political position to feed their egos, just like they buy everything else they want.
Lynn November 16, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Sooo true Watts, even though Romney was not a great choice, so many of us citizens that wanted a better President who wouldnt reign on minority votes, YES, we were outnumbered, yet hoping for a better outcome. I hope you and any descendents you have are happy with the results in the years to come! BTW, I used to be an Independent voter...
Watts November 16, 2012 at 08:36 AM
Re-edit of previous post: Her being stunned at her own loss isn't much different than Romney or conservative media or really anybody else being stunned by Obama's reelection. If McMahon wasn't smart enough to recognize the inevitability of her loss...that she didn't have the cognitive ability to analyse the available data...proves that she wasn't smart enough to have held the position. If she was so inept at being able to read the obvious in all the available data over that last month, then what kind of Governor would she have been? People would have similarly put obvious facts and data in front of her about important state issues and she would have been completely incapable of reading, understanding and accurately acting on such data. It is very similar to people who were surprised by the Romney loss. Seriously? What kind of inept readings of the available data leading up to the election could ever lead anybody to have believed that Romney had a chance? That is what is funny about conservative media outlets like Fox or their analysts like Rove or even people who wrote pieces on Romney's expectation to win on sites like Patch. Now they all want people to listen to their analysis of why Obama won. Guess what, this was an electoral landslide for Obama. If somebody could have so misjudged the outcome leading up to the election, why would anybody think that their post election analysis holds any credibility?
Robert Middlebrook November 16, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I was stunned she did not win either. She spent so much money I thought it was impossible for her to lose. There might yet still be a shred of democracy left in America and her loss was proof. Not that Murphy was much better.


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