Linda McMahon’s less-than-consistent voting record was an issue in her 2010 Senate run and it has become an issue this year as well.
During their debate at UConn Thursday night, Democrat Chris Murphy accused McMahon of “hardly ever voting” after she once again criticized his attendance record at congressional hearings.
Asked about the remark afterward, Murphy said it was based on ”Linda McMahon’s own statements. In 2010, this was an issue against Dick Blumenthal and she admitted in that campaign to hardly ever voting. These are her own admissions as to the fact that she was very spotty in her voting.”
McMahon said the allegation that she habitually shirked her civic duty is categorically not true. “Over the last 12 years, I think I’ve missed one vote,” she said. “My recollection is I’m a pretty diligent voter.”
McMahon’s participation in past elections came up in September of 2009, just weeks after she entered the Senate race.
Writing on her on her blog at that time, McMahon says she’s sorry she failed to vote in the 2006 general election, the 2008 Republican primary and several local elections.
“I talk all the time about how important it is for people to vote. And it is. Yet, I haven’t always been the best example myself,” McMahon wrote at the time. “I regret it, I apologize, and I don’t make any excuses for it. I think it’s important that leaders be willing to step up and own their mistakes when they make them.”