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Shays Goes With Fox News

by Christine Stuart | Jul 25, 2012 6:24pm
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Posted to: Congress, Election 2012

Just one week ago, former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, wasn’t sure he’d have enough money to run a television commercial. With $327,000 in cash on hand at the end of the last reporting period, it looked like a safe prediction, but a campaign spokeswoman said their 30-second spot will start airing Thursday.

Amanda Bergen, a spokeswoman for Shays, said Wednesday that the campaign “is buying every available slot until Aug. 14” on Fox News.

“That’s where Republican primary voters are,“ Bergen said of the decision to purchase time on the popular cable news program.

Shays, a Congressman for 21 years, is running against former wrestling executive Linda McMahon in the Aug. 14 Republican primary. McMahon won the party’s endorsement back in May and already has about five ads in rotation on both broadcast and cable programs, in addition to other mediums such as Internet television and radio sites like Hulu and Pandora.

Shays’ first television commercial touts his three decades in Congress and ends with an endorsement from his wife Betsi.

“He is smart, he knows what he is doing, he’s got enormous energy. He loves the work. He loves the people he serves and he’s really good at getting things done,” Mrs. Shays says in a soft-spoken voice.

Tim Murtaugh, McMahon’s spokesman, said he can’t believe Shays thinks “it’s a good idea to brag about being a career politician.”

“This is 2012 people are sick of career politicians,” Murtaugh said. “He helped create these problems, and now he wants to go back?”

Even though Shays raised $530,811 during the last fundraising quarter—his best to date—his campaign reported having about $327,000 in cash on hand, which wouldn’t be enough to do a substantial media buy during the time slots with the most viewers. Shays could continue to fundraise, but it won’t have to be reported until after the primary. Through the end of June, Shays reported raising $1.5 million.

McMahon, who has loaned her campaign about $8 million, also started airing a new commercial Wednesday. In the commercial she talks about her bankruptcy and how difficult it was for her and her husband, Vince, as they were building their multi-million dollar business. 


The hardscrabble beginnings McMahon describes in the ad are a far cry from where she is financially these days.

The campaign said the ad shows how far she’s come and how successful she’s been.

“Linda’s success in business since those difficult times proves she can create jobs,“ Corry Bliss, McMahon’s campaign manager wrote in an email to supporters. “Since the early days when she and Vince shared a desk, they have grown the company to employ more than 600 people in Connecticut.“

It comes just days after she released her 2010 tax returns, which showed her and Vince made about $30.6 million. Most of the income, aside from the $827,500 salary Vince takes from his role as president and CEO of the WWE, comes almost entirely from stock dividends, which are taxed at a rate of 15 percent. The couple earned $29.6 million from stock dividends.

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posted by: Reasonable | July 25, 2012  7:07pm

Hoping the rich wrestling business lady— who doesn’t have a clue about serving in the U.S. Senate, does not buy the election.  The New Haven Register editorial exposed her deficiencies today. Linda McMahon does not want to meet an editorial board or debate again—because she doesn’t have the answers—and a prepared script won’t help her.  Chris Shays is a statesman of achievement—in winning 19 elections—and balancing the federal budget for four years.

posted by: Reasonable | July 26, 2012  8:59am

Linda McMahon, with a $49 million dollar outlay of her own money, could not defeat another millionaire, Richard Blumenthal, in the last Senate electiom. However, McMahon appears to be buying the Republican primary—against an apparently, financially strapped Chris Shays. “With her big bucks,”  McMahon has bought many Connecticut Republican Town Committee’s, and sends out daily mail to state Republicans and controls the TV media with daily ads that the Shays team tam cannot afford.
McMahon refuses to debate Chris Shays anymore—as she feels her huge financial treasury arsenal advantage will win the Republican primary for her.

Although she refuses to debate Chris Shays anymore,—“McMahon is letting her money—talk for her!”

posted by: Dan, Lauren, Abby, Connor and Robert Garrett | July 29, 2012  7:17am

When Chris Shays ran against Jim Himes in 2008, here is what his paid, 8 poll standers, dressed in suit and ties, told voters when they came to vote at a Bridgeport highschool. They said please vote for President Obama, but President Obama wants Chris Shays to be his representative. I was very happy to see Shays go away, but he’s back.