Remember Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon’s TV ad telling Democrats it was OK to vote for Obama and for her? Well, her message is a bit more overt now.
“Vote for Barack Obama for President and Linda McMahon for U.S. Senate on the Independent line,” reads a door-hanger McMahon left on some homes in Hartford. “President Barack Obama and Linda McMahon will fight for us.”
Lest anyone be confused, the Democratic president has made an ad urging Connecticut voters to chose his fellow Democrat, Chris Murphy.
McMahon spokesman Todd Abrajano said McMahon “enthusiastically supports” Romney for president.
“This door-hanger is only going to known supporters of President Obama because Congressman Murphy is shamefully telling them that it’s illegal to split their ticket,” Abrajano said. “We are simply educating Democrats who may also support Linda that they can split their ticket. It’s well known that there are thousands of Democrats across Connecticut who will be voting for President Obama and Linda McMahon on the independent party line, and those Democrats are choosing Linda McMahon over Congressman Murphy because she’s the only candidate in the race with a plan to create jobs and cut middle-class taxes. This door-hanger is clearly not an endorsement of President Obama.”
McMahon’s name will appear twice on Tuesday’s ballot: on the Republican line and on the independent line. Murphy’s will also appear twice: on the Democratic line and on the Working Families Party line.
Some Republicans were outraged by McMahon’s TV ad, which quoted Democrats saying they planned to vote for McMahon. Jerry Labriola Jr., chairman of the Republican party in Connecticut, said McMahon has launched an unprecedented voter turnout effort. “The McMahon campaign is pulling out all the stops to win an election,” Labriola said. “Some within our party may question that tactics but the fact is, Linda McMahon is putting it on the line to go to Washington to stop the madness.”
Labriola noted that McMahon was “an ardent and early supporter” of Romney and, along with her husband, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to both his campaign and Super PACs that back him.
Labriola, who had not seen the flyer, said the McMahon campaign’s message is targeted to voters in the state’s largest cities who are already Obama backers. “This is one of the first efforts by a major statewide Republican candidate to reach out to the urban areas,” he said.
Meanwhile, Murphy campaign spokesman Eli Zupnick called it a “desperate and dirty 11th hour trick by Linda McMahon to try to pull the wool over voters’ eyes and make them forget that she endorsed Mitt Romney and supports his right-wing Republican policies.”
But Zupnick noted Obama’s commercial for Murphy said Democrats are “confident that they are not going to be fooled by McMahon’s latest bizarre campaign trick.”