Linda McMahon Plans Meeting With NRSC
In case there was any doubt, Linda McMahon’s political career may not be over.
The former wrestling executive turned Connecticut GOP Senate candidate has scheduled a personal meeting with National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) on Capitol Hill.
The date and purpose of the meeting, however, is unclear.
“I don’t know what her message is going to be, but I sort of suspect she isn’t finished,” Cornyn said in a recent Roll Call interview when asked about McMahon, who garnered 43 percent of the vote in Connecticut’s recent Senate contest against Democratic Sen.-elect Richard Blumenthal.
McMahon’s personal wealth will allow her to remain competitive should she decide to run again.
A co-founder of World Wrestling Entertainment, McMahon loaned her unsuccessful campaign $49.5 million over the 2010 cycle — the largest personal investment ever in a losing Congressional bid, according to a Roll Call analysis.
She and her husband, WWE CEO Vince McMahon, reported income of $9 million to $13.9 million last year, according to a personal financial disclosure report released in June. The couple also owned assets valued at $103 million to $370 million.
Her ability to self-fund in 2010 allowed Republicans to compete in a Democratic-leaning state without the need for financial assistance from the NRSC. Republicans would love to do the same thing in 2012 with the seat currently occupied by Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, who caucuses with Democrats.
Lieberman has yet to say whether he will seek re-election and Roll Call Politics has rated his race a Tossup.
McMahon’s meeting with Cornyn isn’t expected until after the new year.
David M. Drucker and Kyle Trygstad contributed to this report.
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