The battle for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Joe Lieberman is shaping up to be very similar to the fight we saw in 2010. Once again, a former congressman who was voted out of office, is going to head to head with Linda McMahon, the former CEO of the WWE. This time it is Christopher Shays, who represented CT-4 for 11 terms, but he is getting advice from Rob Simmons, who knows a thing or two about running against McMahon.
During a taping of Face the State for his first extensive television interview since announcing his candidacy, Shays talked about the lessons he learned from Simmons’ losses to McMahon at the GOP convention and in the primary. Shays told me he expects to win, but if he doesn’t, his support of McMahon, should she be the nominee, is dependent on her actions. Shays said she must run an honest and fair race.
“If she attempts to do to me what she did to Rob Simmons, good luck. What she did to Rob Simmons was outrageous.”
Shays went on to explain what he believed were “outrageous” actions by the McMahon campaign. He was also critical of McMahon’s spending in the ’10 campaign, calling it “reckless.”
“50 million dollars just thrown away. That’s reckless. If you are going to spend money that way, how are you going to spend the taxpayers’ money?”
I also asked Shays if he would run as an independent, what he thinks of Democrats’ claim that he is a “carpetbagger,” and what kind of money he needs to raise to run an effective campaign.