Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO and Connecticut Senate candidate Linda McMahon (R) is meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and other GOP leaders on her trip to Washington, D.C., this week.
McMahon is scheduled to meet McConnell and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) on Monday, followed by a session with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Tuesday.
McMahon said in a Monday morning interview that the meetings were scheduled so that Senate leaders could ask her questions about her bid, and not because she was seeking endorsements from the Senators. She also said she was meeting Monday with staffers at FreedomWorks, although former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) will not be attending. Armey chairs the conservative grass-roots organization.
McMahon and former Rep. Rob Simmons (Conn.) are running in the GOP primary for the chance to take on Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who poll numbers show is one of the most vulnerable Democratic Senators up for re-election in 2010.
Senate leaders recruited Simmons early in the 2010 cycle to take on Dodd, but McMahon’s entrance into the race in August has been boosted by her ability to self-fund much of her own bid. McMahon told National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) earlier this year that she could put up to $50 million of her own money into the race.
“He said that was a impressive number,— McMahon recalled, on Cornyn’s initial reaction to her self-financing ability.