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Linda breaks her silence: Whatâ€™s $50 mil?
November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm by Neil Vigdor
Linda McMahon emerged from her witness protection-like vanishing act Monday to give Hearst Connecticut Newspapers one of her first interviews since losing to Democrat Richard Blumenthal in Connecticutâ€™s bitter Senate contest.
A one-woman stimulus package for political consulting, direct mail and television advertising industries, McMahon said she she no second thoughts about spending $50 million of her wrestling fortune on the race, a record for Connecticut.
â€œSo I donâ€™t regret any of that, at all,â€ McMahon said in a phone interview from her pad in Boca Raton, Fla. â€œI was making an investment to serve and I think thatâ€™s a really good thing. I think you have to go into any kind of endeavor knowing what your downside is when you get into it.â€
While her $50 million did not translate to a victory, McMahon said it did buy her name recognition that she can parlay if she decides to run for office again.
â€œI do not think I would have to spend anywhere near that amount of money,â€ McMahon said. â€œNo one knew who I was. I made an investment and I certainly would not have to do that again.â€
McMahon made it no secret that she is eyeing public office, though she wouldnâ€™t specifically say which direction she will go.
â€œSure. Iâ€™ll be moving forward this next year,â€ McMahon said. â€I have a couple (of avenues) to pursue. Youâ€™ll have to stay tuned.â€
McMahon confirmed that she has no plans to return to her post as chief executive of Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment, which took a beating from her political opponents in the primary and general election phases of the campaign.
â€œLook, WWE was attacked throughout my campaign, and I believe the company had certainly not only the right but the obligation to put forth information to correct mistakes and errors that were out there,â€ McMahon said. â€œI thought all that was beneficial, not harmful.â€
Another juicy morsel from our conversation was when McMahon, discussing the ballot shortage in Bridgeport and ruling to keep the polls open an additional two hours there, said she has a hard time believing that there werenâ€™t isolated instances of voter fraud throughout the state.
â€œI thought it was reprehensible what happened in Bridgeport, and I still think that we have voter fraud that happens throughout our state,â€ McMahon said.
McMahon emphasized that any isolated causes of voter fraud would not have altered the outcome of the Senate race, however.