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Linda McMahon's Campaign Trips Up

I'm not sure what to make of these two issues. On one hand, it seems as though McMahon's campaign has bad ideas, on the other hand it appears that her campaign is amateurish:
"Republican Linda McMahon accepted the endorsement of a prominent business interest lobby on Thursday, but her campaign staff abruptly shut down a press conference in which McMahon was asked to explain whether she agreed with all of the organization's positions," The Day reports. "Most notably, McMahon said she believed Congress should consider lowering the federal minimum wage in times of economic distress for small businesses, such as the current recession."

McMahon claimed to not have spent any money on lobbying efforts, but Roll Call reports: "But lobbying disclosure records show that's not true. Between 2001 and 2008, McMahon's company paid at least $680,000 to lobby Congress and federal agencies over such issues as the defense authorization bills of 2002 and 2003, which included taxpayer-funded advertising programs during wrestling programs. McMahon's company also sought lobbying help during a Congressional steroids investigation."
First things first... really Linda? You want to lower (the already low) minimum wage requirement during times of "economic distress"? I would argue that people who live on minimum wage are always living in times of economic distress -- and you would only be making it worse for them.

I know that small businesses are hurting in tough times like this, but cutting the amount of money that they pay their workers isn't going to help. Instead, why not cut small business owners' taxes? Giving them a break on taxes would allow them to continue to pay their employees what is purported to be a fair wage.

Secondly, when are candidates going to learn that when you make a claim -- such as 'I have never spent money on lobbyists' -- people are going to dig into your background to see if you are telling the truth. So, since Roll Call has now discovered that McMahon has spent money on lobbying efforts, the campaign's earlier statement will most certainly be able to be used against McMahon in attack advertising.

So, all of this begs the question: Is Linda McMahon seriously running for the Senate?

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