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Monday, January 4, 2010

WALLINGFORD - Rob Simmons Says Linda McMahon Is Using Donations To Try To Buy Support


January 1, 2010

In the run-up to last fall's municipal election, Wallingford Republicans needed money for ads and all the other costs associated with a competitive campaign.

So when Linda McMahon, a multimillionaire running for U.S. Senate, came in with her checkbook, the Republican town committee didn't turn her away.

"She said 'here's some money for your candidates' and I said 'thank you very much' and that was it," said Bob Prentice, Wallingford's Republican town chairman. "It was a nice gesture on her part."

To Rob Simmons, another Republican running for Senate, that $500 donation was more than a nice gesture; it was an effort to buy support.

Prentice, the Wallingford chairman, said McMahon's unsolicited donation didn't come with any strings attached. "Five hundred bucks is certainly not going to buy our vote," he said. "If she gets our vote, it's going to be because she is the best candidate."

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