Patch's Poll: Should Shays Drop Out of the U.S. Senate Race?

Linda McMahon is calling on him to leave so that the Republican Party can be 'unified.'

After for a second campaign for U.S. Senate, former CEO of WWE and Greenwich resident is now urging GOP rival and former to drop out of the race.

"I would really hope that Congressman Shays would ... understand how more effective it would be if we were a unified party moving forward now to take on Congressman Murphy," McMahon said on WFSB-TV's "Face the State" on Sunday.

McMahon garnered 730 votes, or 60.4 percent of delegates, during the state Republican Convention in Hartford Friday night, while Shays netted 389 votes, or 32.2 percent — enough to force a primary.

In a separate segment on "Face the State," Shays said getting to the primary was "the second stage" in his bid for retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman's seat. He said he had many supporters who went to great lengths to get him to the primary.

Either McMahon or Shays will likely face Democratic nominee and current U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy in the November election. Murphy won convincingly at the Democratic State Convention on May 12, garnering 1,378 out of 1,842 delegates to secure the Democrats' nomination. However Murphy also faces a primary with former CT Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz.

Long time resident May 23, 2012 at 12:53 AM
One of the challenges Republicans/conservatives have in this blue state is that we are too use to not being in office. We pick apart every GOP candidate just because they don't walk on water. We see our opportunities of being in control so rare we are constantly holding out for perfection. Instead of getting behind someone who is good, just not perfect, we focus on their weaknesses rather than the strengths. Personally, I think Shays has had his turn and, yes, he is a Rino. I have never heard an intelligent argument against McMahon, just an attitude that she isn't the "dream" candidate. Chris Murphy is no dream either, and many Democrats know this but will still get behind him because he is the best they have at the moment. Republicans should take a page from their playbook. McMahon has worked for our support and deserves the opportunity to represent us this time. GOPers must stop feeding into the liberal leanings of our state and stop making excuses for supporting GOP candidates.
Committee to Elect May 23, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Committee to Elect May 23, 2012 at 03:54 AM
The Barefoot Accountant May 27, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I thought that elections could not be bought and that the voters decided who should be in office? And there should be primaries: why should others but the voters decide who should run.
Bob Quasius May 28, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Both McMahon and Shays should drop out, and the GOP should unite behind the only electable candidate, Brian K. Hill.


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