Voter Guide: Connecticut U.S. Senate Race

Richard Blumenthal (D) vs. Linda McMahon (R)

The race for U.S. Senator in Connecticut is a contest between Democrat Richard Blumenthal, who has served as the state's Attorney General since 1991, and Republican Linda McMahon, political newcomer and former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.

Richard Blumenthal (D)

WNYC Coverage of Richard Blumenthal

Blumenthal and McMahon Face Ambivalent Connecticut Voters (September 27, 2010)

The Takeaway: Dissecting Blumenthal’s War Stories (May 18, 2010)

The Brian Lehrer Show: Blumenthal Backlash Makes CT Senate Race Interesting (May 20, 2010)

Fast Facts

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College
  • Received J.D. from Yale Law School and was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal
  • Sergeant in U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for six years; discharged honorably
  • U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, 1977 – 1981
  • Volunteer counsel for NAACP Legal Defense Fund, 1981 - 1986
  • Served as State Representative and State Senator in the Connecticut General Assembly from 1984 - 1990
  • Served as Attorney General of Connecticut since 1991


  • Extend Bush Tax cuts for families making under $250,000 per year and create a permanent college tax credit for middle-class families
  • Favors passing some form of the House of Representatives' version of cap-and-trade, included in an energy bill currently stalled in the Senate
  • Supports expanding the tax deduction for start-up companies and eliminate capital gains taxes on investments in small business stock if held for at least 5 years
  • Extend credit card protections to include small businesses that rely on credit cards
  • Increase investment in clean energy technologies
  • Supports recent financial reform legislation and supports more oversight of credit rating agencies
  • Change No Child Left Behind Act to require other measurements of student success in addition to standardized testing
  • Use military tribunals to try accused terrorists in certain circumstances
  • Approved of withdrawing troops from Iraq and supports the July 2011 deadline for removing troops from Afghanistan
  • Opposes cutbacks to Medicare and Social Security, supports restoring the federal government’s right to negotiate drug prices in Medicare
  • Pro-choice on abortion
  • Give federal government subpoena and regulatory power over oil companies and raise liability cap on oil companies to $10 billion

Other Links

Richard Blumenthal’s Campaign Site

Dem, Unions Bash McMahon, WWE in Conn. Senate Race (Associated Press, September 22, 2010)

Blumenthal Rebuts Charge That He Flip-Flopped on Cap-and-Trade (NBC, September 22, 2010)

Candidate’s Words on Vietnam Service Differ from History (New York Times, May 17, 2010)

Linda McMahon (R)

WNYC Coverage of Linda McMahon

Blumenthal and McMahon Face Ambivalent Connecticut Voters (September 27, 2010)

McMahon’s Money Closing Gap Behind Blumenthal (August 9, 2010)

The Brian Lehrer Show: McMahon “Unavoidable” Leading Up to CT Primary (August 11, 2010)

The Brian Lehrer Show: Yes WWE Can (February 16, 2010)

Fast Facts

  • Graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in French and a certification to teach
  • Served as Business Manager, President, and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment from 1980 – 2009
  • Spearheaded educational, literacy, and voter-registration programs through WWE
  • Appointed to Connecticut State Board of Education by Governor Jodi Rell in 2009; resigned in 2010 to run for Senate


  • Prevent scheduled income tax rate increases and reduce corporate taxes
  • Make Research and Development Tax Credit permanent
  • Opposes cap-and-trade energy legislation that is included in an energy bill currently stalled in the Senate
  • Supports Increased use of nuclear power and more offshore drilling and domestic oil exploration in areas like Alaska
  • Supports a Balanced Budget Amendment to prevent deficit spending except during emergencies, and use unspent TARP and stimulus funds to pay down national debt
  • Wants to repeal the healthcare reform legislation passed earlier this year
  • Supports medical malpractice reform as a means to reduce healthcare costs
  • Supports trying accused terrorists in military tribunals, rather than civilian courts
  • Pro-choice on abortion, but opposes partial-birth abortions and federal funding for abortions unless life the of the mother is at stake
  • Favors parental notification/consent legislation for abortions
  • Supports the death penalty
  • Supports revamping the visa process for immigrants while making border security and enforcement of immigration laws a higher priority; opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants

Other Links

Linda McMahon’s Campaign Site

McMahon Finds Support on Tour of New Haven Businesses (Connecticut Mirror, September 24, 2010)

The Connecticut-Country-Club Crackup (New York Times Magazine, September 23, 2010)

How Linda McMahon’s Millions Have Made a Real Race in Connecticut (Talking Points Memo, September 20, 2010)

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