Candidates to discuss candidacies
and field questions at upcoming meeting
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
By MIKE AGOGLIATI
LITCHFIELD — Candidates for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Chris Dodd have agreed to discuss their candidacies and take questions during an upcoming meeting of the Litchfield-Morris Rotary Club.
Linda McMahon and Rob Simmons will both address the Rotary Club on Thursday April 15.
[meeting is @ the Litchfield Inn]
The candidates will give separate presentations and then take questions from anyone in attendance. Each presentation will last 30 minutes. Simmons will speak from 12:20 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., followed by McMahon from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. DominiQue Padilla, a student at the Hartford Conservatory will also sing the national anthem at the forum.
Recently in several Associate Press reports, Simmons has called McMahon’s character into question, and even accused her of interfering with a steroids investigation several years ago.
According to Andy Thibault of the Rotary Club, the two candidates will try to avoid each other at the forum/
“These two have gone back and forth lately in the news, so I expect them to avoid each other at the forum,” Thibault said.
The meeting is open to the public via Rotary members.
Simmons’ landmark accomplishment was working with Team Connecticut to save the Groton Submarine Base when it was targeted for complete closure by the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Rob led the fight to keep the base operating, saving 31,000 Connecticut jobs and a critical national security asset in the “Submarine Capital of the World.”
After three terms in Congress, Simmons was appointed by Governor M. Jodi Rell as Connecticut’s first Business Advocate. During his two year term, Simmons visited over 400 local small businesses to listen to employers and workers, and help them address the challenges facing small businesses in Connecticut.
Simmons is a 1965 graduate of Haverford College, PA, where he won six varsity letters and was captain of the cross-country and track teams. He earned a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 1979, where he was a Littauer Fellow.
Linda McMahon last year stepped down as the Chief Executive Officer of World Wrestling Entertainment. McMahon helped grow the company from a modest 13 person operation to a global enterprise with over 500 employees and offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Orlando and London. The company has been named one of Forbes 200 Best Small Companies.
McMahon has been widely recognized as one of the country’s top female executives, both for her business acumen and her support of a variety of community-based initiatives. In 2007, McMahon was named one of Multichannel News’ “Wonder Women,” recognizing her accomplishments as a leader in the U.S. cable television industry.
In addition to her work in the boardroom, McMahon has been instrumental in nurturing community and charitable programs.
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