STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– She’s famous for her record spending on failed political campaigns and for running the WWE. Monday, Linda McMahon was in Norwalk for an event that nothing to do with campaigning.
It was the grand opening of ‘Gini’s House” also known as the “Linda & Vince McMahon Center for Women and Children.” A new center for families in recovery that is now three times larger than it was, thanks to a $ 500,000 gift from the “Vince and Linda McMahon Foundation.”
“This is not for me or about me, this is about all of you, I really appreciate this very much,” said McMahon to loud cheers when she arrived. A resident shouted, “if it wasn’t for you we wouldn’t have had it.”
The political cheers like at her Republican Primary victory two years ago appear to be over for the woman who is certainly the best known losing political candidate in Connecticut history. She now has no role at the WWE and spends much time working on her foundation and other charitable causes.
After she greeted many of the women and their children that are staying at the center and toured the the facility that provides long term residential substance abuse treatment for pregnant and parenting women, she explained how her foundation makes these kinds of gifts.
“They’re really pretty much when someone approaches us, we have a chance to visit and understand and learn about them and then we’re very willing to make contributions to help their programs,” said McMahon.
Four years ago Tom Foley had announced he was running for the U.S. Senate. He stepped aside and decided to run for Governor when Linda McMahon said she wanted to run for the Senate seat. Not surprisingly she is enthusiastically supporting Foley this time saying, “I think it’s going to be a tight race but I believe the people of Connecticut are starting to understand that we do need a change so that we can create jobs, that we can improve our economy here in our state and I thing Tom’s the guy to do it.”
Political loyalties really change over the years. Back when Governor Rell first suggested Linda McMahon serve on the State Board of Education then Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy was an enthusiastic supporter. The WWE, then run by Linda McMahon, is one of the largest employers in Stamford.