Linda McMahon parted ways this week with her the official campaign SUV from her 2010 and 2012 Senate bids.
The professional wrestling matriarch donated her 2009 GMC Yukon Denali to Inspirica, a Stamford-based nonprofit organization that provides homeless clients transportation to job interviews and medical appointments.
It’s the Edsel of Connecticut politics, having shuttled McMahon around the state in her two unsuccessful bids for federal office.
But don’t call it used, pre-owned, or, heaven forbid, a lemon.
“I hope this vehicle, which I used to travel more than 100,000 miles all over Connecticut during my campaign for Senate, will help people pursue their own goals and create a better life for themselves,” McMahon said in a statement provided by the organization.
The organization shelters nearly 250 people each night, making it the largest provider of its kind in Fairfield County and one of the largest in the state.
“I was ecstatic last week when we received the call about this vehicle,” said Jason Shaplen, CEO of Inspirica “With such a thoughtful donation, Linda has once again shown great compassion and care for Inspirica and the community. It is crucial that our clients attend the necessary appointments and meetings that will position them for a sustainable lifestyle. With the means to attend an interview, our clients are more likely to find employment and break the cycle of homelessness.”
McMahon is expected to save about $300 in annual motor vehicle taxes, according to assessment records in her hometown of Greenwich. No word on what type of tax write-off she’s eligible for on the gas guzzler, which originally listed for over $50,000 MSRP and is now worth less than $40,000, according to MSN Autos.
In the photo of the hand-off furnished by the nonprofit, McMahon can be seen behind the wheel, a departure from the campaign, when she employed a driver.
Hands off McMahon’s Bentley, however.