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.

Charles November 13, 2012 at 02:17 PM
She was a lousy candidate. She tried to buy the election for her own personal gain. However, what was most notorious was pretending that she supported President Obama to steal the African American and Lationo votes in less affluent communities.
Die Hard November 13, 2012 at 03:44 PM
The AP called the race at 8:15! Why would she be working on her acceptance speach at 8:40?
Daria Novak November 13, 2012 at 04:49 PM
We have a new Senator. It is the responsibility of voters to hold him accountable for his votes and for showing up to work. Continue to make your voice heard and be positive. United, we can solve the challenges facing our nation if we follow the Constitution and support free enterprise. This week it is time to concentrate on helping Sandy victims and putting people back to work now that the election is over. These are American tasks, not partisan ones. I hope everyone here continues to participate on Patch in a positive way going forward.
Cliff November 13, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Actually, I know how she must have felt. I was similarly "stunned" when Hulk Hogan lost the championship belt to The Undertaker in '91. I never saw it coming. In fact, I was sitting in an upstairs room of my home, fine-tuning the congratulatory fan letter I was going to send to the Hulkster, when I caught sight of a TV interview with Vince, saying that The Undertaker had won. I was stunned for a moment.. But then I began to reflect on what the match had meant for the thousands of people who were touched by it. And things like that. Thank you, Linda, for all that you have done for us, in your many years of serving the people of this great country.
Die Hard November 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Why were there no republicans at her campaign headquarters on election night?
Ann November 14, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I wish there was a like button for Cliff's comment.
Martin Zak November 14, 2012 at 09:58 PM
She would be a disgrace to the US Senate. The other candidate is not better for different reasons. Left those spaces on the ballot empty this time......
Martin Zak November 14, 2012 at 10:00 PM
P.S. I can't get the video of her kicking a wrestler in the ring into his groin out of my mind ......


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