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Republican Strategist: Linda McMahon Stronger This Time Around

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Linda McMahon announces her candidacy for U.S. Senate - Southington, CT - Sep 21, 2011 (credit: AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Linda McMahon announces her candidacy for U.S. Senate – Southington, CT – Sep 21, 2011 (credit: AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) - Republican strategist Chris Healy says last year, Linda McMahon faced off against a tough candidate in Democratic state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

He was a big name and an established creature of politics.

“The Democratic National Committee and others poured a lot of money and brought the President in… Big city turnout was a real problem for us across the board,” said Healy.

First-time candidates often lose but Healy said McMahon learned a lesson and got back in the ring.

“She wasn’t discouraged, and just like her life story, you know, she gets up off the ground and comes back again,” he said.

Healy says McMahon’s message is that, when it comes to jobs, Washington just doesn’t get it.

“It’s incapable of getting out to the way the private sector, that we need people who know how to create jobs and understand how investors and working people think to create opportunities for people,” Healy told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

In the months since losing the last election, Linda McMahon has been quietly laying the ground work for this run.

McMahon announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut on Tuesday. She is seeking the soon-to-be-vacated seat of Sen. Joe Lieberman.

She is expected to face former Rep. Chris Shays in a battle for the Republican nomination.

Rep. Chris Murphy and former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz are expected to vie for the Democratic nomination.

Who do you think will win the race? Sound off below!

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