The velvet rope: Shays operative denied access to McMahon presser

Christopher Shays doesn’t strike us as the bucket service type.

A political operative for the ex-congressman-turned-Senate candidate wasn’t on “the list” today at campaign event for Linda McMahon.

Shays  dispatched one of his staffers to a morning news conference at a Newington woodworking company called by GOP Senate foe Linda McMahon to unveil her economic recovery plan.

The political operative was turned away at the door by the McMahon campaign, according to Shays’ spokeswoman Amanda Bergen.

Bergen insisted that the staffer was not a “tracker,” you know the guys paid to stalk politicians by the opposition and get video footage of their every move — and perhaps a blunder here and there.

McMahon’s campaign spokeswoman Erin Isaac issued the following response:

“It’s disappointing the congressman continues negative campaigning tactics, Isaac said. “If he’s looking for good ideas to turn the economy around and get people back to work, I encourage him to visit

Neil Vigdor