Obama allies catch break, Republicans face challenge

Aug 11th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Featured

Bennet will face off against Ken Buck, a prosecutor who casts himself as an outsider despite being a long-ago aide to former Vice President Dick Cheney and beat the establishment Republican pick, former lieutenant governor Jane Norton.

“We are going to reach out our hand for those independent voters and Democrats who are also fed up with Washington,” Buck, who was backed by “Tea Party” activists, reportedly told supporters late Tuesday.

In Connecticut, Republicans voters anointed millionaire professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon their champion in the race for the seat held by retiring veteran Democratic Senator Chris Dodd.

Democrats wasted no time in hammering McMahon for her ties to over-the-top spectacles put on by World Wrestling Entertainment, which she ran from its start in 1980 to 2009, when she began her Senate bid.

Republicans “nominated a candidate who kicks men in the crotch, thinks of scenes of necrophilia as ‘entertainment,’ and runs an operation where women are forced to bark like dogs,” said Democratic National Committee spokesman Hari Sevugan, who included links to the YouTube video-sharing site.

Republicans and Democrats were vying for the seat being vacated by the retiring Dodd, one of the key architects of Obama’s landmark overhaul of finance industry rules.

The likely Democratic nominee, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, remains the front-runner but has run into trouble after evidence surfaced that he at times exaggerated his military service record.

McMahon was expected to mount a vigorous bid partly funded with her millionaire’s fortune, but she has already faced accusations of trying to buy the primary with her wealth.

All 435 House of Representatives seats, 37 Senate slots, key governorships and state legislatures are up for grabs in the November mid-term elections.

© 2010 AFP

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