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.

Angus November 13, 2012 at 06:05 PM
The fact that she actually thought she was going to win is both hard to believe and rather pathetic. This is the same line Mittens was pedalling as well. This is what happens when you live in a vacuum/echo chamber/alternate reality; you completely lose touch. Glad to be done with the both of them.
Concerned Parent November 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Pathetic is believing by gaining 50% of the country's vote is a victory...People better stop looking at things in RED and BLUE...it's tearing this country apart...Just look at the fall out from this election. That should concern people.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 14, 2012 at 04:42 AM
It may be that I'm off base, but Linda you were ill advised in two campaigns. As an elected Republican Committeeman for over 50 years, I have been part of many political campaigns. First in a time of financial problems when folks need a job NOW, you were offering only a plan foe future jobs that was not approved by the Republican leadership. Your electorate did not buy it. When you can afford to spend that much money or a job, you came across as Marie Antoinette saying "let them eat cake". As for your resume, and building a business of 600 local employees, we never learned what your role was and that of your husband Vince. You had a lot of bad press. Outside of WWE your resume was blank. Did you ever hold a job as an employee? What role did your father-in-law play in your coming out of bankruptcy? As a female Republican candidate you ran as being satisfied with the pro-life plank of your party. In CT most pro-life Republican candidates lost to women who thought that they were the sole person who decided their reproductive rights. Even Dwight Eisenhower had a short speech ready should the D-Day invasion had gone bad. Thankfully, no-one had the guts to wake Hitler from his sleep. Running for the senate, in two campaigns you never showed your knowledge of foreign policy or your views on a candidate for the Supreme Court. Now,will you, "like an old soldier, just fade away" or teach us the errors of your campaign.
Concerned Parent November 14, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I'm always amused by the color commentary given by people who really do not know what would happen if a certain candidate is elected. Especially one who has never held a public office. By virtue of being a "Public Position", extra scrutiny is always given to anyone vying for the position. However, what we saw with Linda McMahon, and IMO the main reason why she was not elected, was the blind attitudes by people of looking at things solely in BLUE or RED. There is no middle road with those people who subscribe to this view. Only US vs THEM, and it's a tragic and broad reaching case of myopia. The Democrats have been successful in making the issues with the economy secondary next to the social issues they have pushed. For example, Gay Marriage, personally I support it, but if I had a choice of focusing our energy on the Economy or Gay Marriage, I would choose the Economy. Why, simple, being able to marry the same gender never landed anyone a job.
Angus November 14, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Ed, all of a sudden, once your candidates take a drubbing, you are bi-partisan? That's quite a different take from your "my way or the highway" attitude that you had pre-election. Priceless.


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