McMahon: I'm a Job Creator and Candidate for Senate

Linda McMahon will announce in Southington.

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011  |  Updated 7:25 PM EDT
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U.S. Senate Candidate Linda McMahon talks to NBC Connecticut about her decision to run again.

U.S. Senate Candidate Linda McMahon talks to NBC Connecticut about her decision to run again.

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The candidate who outspent all other Congressional candidates in 2010 has entered the political arena again.

Linda McMahon, the former chief executive officer of World Wrestling Entertainment, is ready to rumble again for a U.S. Senate seat.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I’m a proven job creator, and today I am a candidate for the United States Senate," she said on Tuesday when she made an annoucement at Coil Pro Machinery in Southington.

McMahon, who will run for the seat that U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman will vacate at the end of this term is focusing on job creation.

"There is no reason why the largest, richest economy cannot regain its strength and create jobs for every woman and man who wants to work," McMahon said. "The American dream is about opportunity and second chances. I know a little bit about second chances myself."

McMahon ran in 2010 against then Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and lost after spending about $50 million in her own money. Now, she returns with more name recognition than she had the last time around.

Soon after the election, McMahon was relatively low-profile, but she has been making public appearances over the last few months and, over the weekend, she attended Republican Party events in Greenwich, Wilton and Milford, according to her Facebook page.

Other Republican candidates will include former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays is expected to launch his campaign soon. Former Vernon Mayor Jason McCoy has filed an exploratory committee and Brian Cahill, of Hartford, has formed a candidate committee.

David Walker, the former comptroller general, and former LT. Gov. Michael Fedele are weighing their options, party officials said.

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