Linda McMahon at the Mum Parade, via McMahon's Facebook page.
City Councilor Ken Cockayne said that traipsing along with the Republicans' U.S. Senate contender, Linda McMahon, "was like walking with a superstar."
He said that Bristol residents -- who tend to be blue-collar and Democratic -- showed real support for the former wrestling executive as she hoofed it for a few hours Sunday during Bristol's Mum Parade.
Whit Betts, the GOP candidate for the 78th District state House seat, said that after watching McMahon at the parade he thinks she has "a legitimate shot at being able to win Bristol" on Election Day.
"She's inspired a lot of people" with her personal story of rising from bankruptcy to riches, he said, while keeping that common touch.
The GOP's city chair, T.J. Barnes, said he sees "a new energy" in the party that is going to translate into victories at the polls that would not have seemed possible a few years ago.
"We're going to do something very special here in Bristol," Barnes said.
A McMahon victory in Bristol would be a big step toward a statewide win for the Senate seat that Democrat Chris Dodd is giving up.
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the Democratic hopeful, has been steadily sinking in the polls, unable so far to combat McMahon's millions or find the key to secure support from voters who once backed him routinely.
Barnes said that it's even more encouraging that his party has such strong local candidates, running for the state legislature, that they can not only win themselves, they can help pull in votes for Republicans seeking statewide office.
These are dark days for Democrats.
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