Former President Bill Clinton spoke to a crowd in New Haven Sunday in hopes of bolstering the campaign of Connecticut’s Democratic hopeful, Richard Blumenthal, for the Senate, according to Newstimes.
Blumenthal is facing a tough opponent, Republican candidate Linda McMahon, who is equating the appearance of Bill Clinton on Blumenthal’s behalf as a sign that Blumenthal’s campaign is in trouble.
McMahon, who is a former executive for the WWE, came into the race at 41 points behind Blumenthal in the polls, she has managed to shrink this down to where she is only 6 points behind today.
Making light of McMahon’s business experience by calling her a “wrestling executive”, has been one of the campaign strategies for the Blumenthal camp, as evident in a recent Connecticut Mirror article. Blumenthal equates the WWE as the under belly of society and puts McMahon on the throne overseeing it all. This woman is so much more than the title the media has tagged her with. She managed to make the WWE an entertainment empire worth billions of dollars today.
The WWE was nothing more than a regional entertainment venue when McMahon took it over, making it into the World Wide Entertainment industry it is today.
McMahon’s money management techniques are certainly something that can be utilized in the senate seat. The spending issues of big government is where McMahon can use her expertise.
President Clinton’s speech talked about Blumenthal, the man, and the Blumenthal who Clinton has called a friend dating back 40 years to their days at Yale University. “He was a good man then as he is today”, is what Clinton conveyed to the crowd.
Clinton spoke to the crowd about cutting the country’s deficit, the need for job creation, and the healthcare issues, stating that the Democrats’ have a “much better handle on these issues than the republicans do. There is one issue that Clinton did not address, which has been on the back of my mind since it was brought to light last year.
Blumenthal has been under light scrutiny since giving a speech to a Veterans group claiming, “we have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam.”
The problem with Blumenthal’ s speech was that he never served in Vietnam and had obtained at least five military deferments from 1965-1970, according to The NY Times. He took steps repeatedly that allowed him to stay on US soil and not be deployed to war.
Blumenthal lied about serving in Vietnam which is wrong on many levels, one being it takes away from the men and women who were in Vietnam. The most obvious is it is a lie and if he is lying about this, what else is he lying about?
His sympathizers stated it was just a mistake that Blumenthal made while trying to equate with the Veterans he was speaking to at the time. Most people do not want a senator who is going to tell you what he thinks you want to hear. They want the truth whether it is good, bad, or indifferent.
This “one small slip” seems to have gone away and it has not been a main topic of the senate race coming from either side. I still believe the statement that Blumenthal made was big, it was a lie and we have never heard anything that appeared heartfelt and genuinely apologetic from the man who said this.
Linda McMahon is a new comer to politics. The fact that she managed “wrestling”, which is not as glamorous or prestigious as the other companies that have lent their executives to politics, seems to be the only barrier for her to overcome. The headlines started out announcing her as the “WWE star”, as evident in the Huffington Post article title, “Linda McMahon for Senate: WWE Star Set to Run In Connecticut”.
If she had been a successful multi billion dollar real estate investor, or a successful multi billion dollar wall street house executive she might be given more credibility. “Linda McMahon, the Successful Business Woman of a Multibillion Dollar Business Empire She Built From the Ground Up” is the headline about who Linda McMahon really is. Never the less, she will be called “the wrestling star” continuously in the media and Blumenthul’s out right lie, will be “a slip”.
Connecticut has a choice of sending a business woman to the Senate, who is tried and true in the management of money, big money. The other choice is sending a man to the Senate who “embellishes” the truth to “fit in with the people he happens to be talking to at the time.”
Reference: The NY Times, Newstimes.com, The Huffington Post., The Connecticut Mirror