A few hours after Mitt Romney announced he had selected Paul Ryan as his running mate, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Christopher Shays issued a statement praising the choice.
From Shays’ Republican opponent, Linda McMahon, the reaction was more muted, even as one of McMahon’s Democratic rivals, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, tried to tie her to Ryan.
“Congressman Ryan’s budget plan has become a litmus test for Republican candidates,” said Taylor Lavender, spokeswoman for the Murphy campaign. “Linda McMahon infamously toyed with the idea of making huge cuts to Medicare the last time she tried to buy this election. Does Linda McMahon also support Congressman Ryan’s disastrous budget? Connecticut’s seniors and middle class families deserve to know.”
McMahon spokesman Tim Murtaugh said Monday that the candidate backs Romney’s choice but does not agree with all of his ideas.