As part of a whirlwind tour across the state, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Linda McMahon spent an hour Monday afternoon hobnobbing with GOP officials and diners at Panera Bread.
When McMahon walked in, she quickly spotted retired city Registrar Ellie Klapatch.
“We’re popping in” all over, McMahon said, as her eyes wandered to a 7-week-old baby boy held by former city GOP leader Gary Schaffrick.
She quickly scooped Evan Schilling, one of Bristol’s youngest residents, and quietly whispered some baby talk to him.
Handing him off after a couple of minutes, McMahon proclaimed, “That was my treat for the day.”
McMahon said she is “cautiously optimistic” about her chances in today’s three-way primary – former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons and stock market guru Peter Schiff are running against her.
“I feel good momentum in this race,” McMahon said.
She apparently has one voted locked up already. Her husband, Vince McMahon, voted absentee because he’s in California this week.
The primary winner will face Democrat Richard Blumenthal, the state's longtime attorney general, in the November 2 general election for the open seat created by U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd’s decision to step down.