Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Linda McMahon and her husband, WWE chairman Vince McMahon, were more than a month and a half late in paying the first half of their annual $54,110 in property tax on the multi-million-dollar condominium unit that they co-own in a building at 1 Broad St., Stamford, city records show.
The first half of the annual tax bill was supposed to be paid by Aug. 1, but was delinquent as of early September, with $28,272 due as of Sept. 4, apparently including interest, the city’s website still showed on Friday.
A call to the tax collector’s office Friday revealed that a payment for not just the first six-month installment, but for the full year — in the amount of $55,327 — arrived in the office on Friday. Of that amount, $1,217 was interest, records showed. Delinquent notices went out last week, an employee said on the phone.
McMahon’s campaign has been slamming Democratic opponent Chris Murphy in recent days for being late on mortgage, rent and car tax payments.
McMahon’s campaign manager, Corry Bliss, issued a statement shortly after 3 p.m. Friday:
“The City of Stamford mailed the McMahons a bill on September 13th that reflected the property taxes due on their Stamford condo. This was the only bill received by the McMahons for this tax period. The bill was paid in full today through July 2013. Since buying the property in 2009 the McMahons had never been late on a property tax bill on this property.”
The Murphy campaign slammed back at McMahon shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday, as campaign spokesman Ben Marter said: “The facts keep getting worse and worse for right-wing Republican wrestling tycoon Linda McMahon and her desperate campaign to lie about Chris Murphy and mislead Connecticut families. But McMahon can’t lie her way out of this one. She’s been caught red-handed skipping out on the taxes on her $4 million luxury penthouse at the Trump Tower and only paid it back today, after she was caught. The pattern with McMahon is clear: she will do and say anything to make millions of dollars for herself – mistreat her workers, ship jobs to China, use legal jujitsu to avoid paying back her debts, and now, skipping over $29,000 in property tax payments for her luxury condo.”
The McMahon campaign said between 2 and 3 p.m. that the city of Stamford would have a statement about the situation, and about 3:40 p.m. it arrived. In it, Bill Forker, the city tax collector, said he could not “confirm or deny” the McMahon campaign’s claim that no tax bill arrived before Sept. 13.
Forker said: “In the past we have had complaints regarding issues involving property owners not receiving tax bills. Although we cannot confirm or deny Ms. McMahon’s receipt of a tax bill we can confirm that the real estate tax bill in question has been paid in full through June 30, 2013, including any appropriate penalties and interest. Further we can confirm that our records show no delinquencies since her purchase of the subject premise in 2009.”