Linda McMahon gets back into Senate ring
NEW YORK — US wrestling tycoon Linda McMahon, who spent $50 million on a failed Senate election campaign in 2010, is climbing back into the ring for another bid next year, US media reports said.
McMahon is expected to launch her new campaign for the Republican nomination Tuesday at Coil Pro Machinery, a Connecticut company making coil processing equipment, the Hartford Courant and other local media said.
The attempt to come back from last year’s costly flop will likely put McMahon toe-to-toe with former congressman Christopher Shays and other Republicans vying for the party nod, reports said.
They are hoping to capture the seat being vacated by Joseph Lieberman, a hawkish Democrat-turned-independent senator.
Last year, McMahon won her party’s nomination in a race for Connecticut’s other Senate seat, but lost the election to Democrat Richard Blumenthal, the state attorney general.
Until 2009, McMahon was best known as CEO of WWE, a controversial and extremely lucrative wrestling organization known for gaudy, violent showmanship.
Last year’s failed race was her first attempt at politics. She is reportedly raising more private money this time around to dampen criticism that she has tried to use her own fortune to buy victory.