Primary day is exactly two weeks away.
But who’s counting? Not Linda McMahon.
Way ahead of her primary opponent Christopher Shays in the polls and in cash, McMahon is allocating her resources for would-be general election foe Christopher Murphy, including her latest television ad.
The 30-second spot, released today by McMahon’s Senate campaign, seeks to strike a contrast the wrestling mogul and self-declared job creator and the “career politician” Murphy.
McMahon’s ad says she’s created hundreds of “good Connecticut jobs” and that Murphy, a Democrat in his third term in Congress, has never created a single job.
The piece opens with a cautionary reference to rising unemployment in the state and closes with a plug for McMahon’s plan to resuscitate the economy and grow jobs, which it says is a stark contrast with anything Murphy has put forward.
UPDATE: Murphy’s campaign has weighed in on McMahon’s ad.
“McMahon’s first negative ad of the election is a completely dishonest attack on Chris in a deliberate attempt to hide the fact that her own tax plan gives her a $7 million tax cut,” said spokeswoman Taylor Lavender. “Chris is proud of the reputation he’s built for listening to people in Connecticut and he doesn’t back down for one second from the notion that there are always good ideas to be found from employers and employees across the state. It’s bizarre that McMahon would attack Chris for his willingness to listen to people in our state, but maybe that’s because McMahon paid a political consultant $56,000 to write her plan. Chris’s jobs plan is centered around investing in education, rebuilding our roads and brigdes, buying American, and ending tax breaks for millionaires like McMahon. But now that her attack machine has begun, it’s clear she’ll go to any length to paper over the self-interest of her so-called jobs plan in her attempts to attack Chris’s record of fighting for middle class jobs.”