Sen. Brown to stump for McMahon Oct. 9 in Milford

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., will campaign for Republican Linda McMahon later this month as she seeks to duplicate his feat: knocking off a formidable Democratic attorney general in a race for the Senate.

The McMahon campaign announced Friday that Brown would campaign with McMahon in Milford on Oct. 9. Brown had already announced plans to campaign in the state for Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Foley.

McMahon is facing off in a tight Senate contest with Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

Brown defeated Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in January in a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of longtime Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

Brown will appear at Milford City Hall. McMahon is also planning to campaign today in Fairfield with her son-in-law, Paul Levesque, better known as WWE wrestler Triple H.

Blumenthal, meanwhile, has sharpened his attacks on McMahon in a new ad.

In the TV spot, which the Blumenthal campaign released Friday afternoon, the campaign criticizes McMahon's acceptance of tax credits for the WWE even as the company shed a reported 10 percent of its work force.

It also seizes on the controversy over McMahon's remarks earlier in the week, in which she said Congress should consider whether to lower the federal minimum wage. The campaign later backtracked, saying McMahon was not in favor of reductions to the minimum wage.

Also Friday, Connecticut Democrats hosted Nancy Keenan, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, who told reporters that McMahon was a "wild card" while Blumenthal was a committed advocate for abortion rights.

McMahon is pro-choice but favors parental notification laws and opposes federal funding of abortion except in cases where the mother's health is in danger, Keenan said in a phone interview.

"With those caveats, she might vote with us on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and against us on Tuesday and Thursday," Keenan said. "That's just not acceptable."

"We remember back in 1995 when anti-choice candidates took control in the Congress," Keenan said. "Then we had 37 votes on choice, the most we've ever faced. If anti-choice politicians come to power in Congress, abortion rights will again come under attack."

Keenan would not say if NARAL plans to advertise on behalf of Blumenthal between now and Election Day.

A McMahon spokesman did not respond to a request for comment before press time.


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