Linda McMahon, Ex-Wrestling Executive, Launches 2012 Senate Campaign In Connecticut

09/20/2011 11:34 am ET | Updated Nov 20, 2011

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP/The Huffington Post) -- Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon has made it official, announcing her plans to seek for a second time the Republican endorsement for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat.

McMahon on Tuesday repeated her message from the 2010 campaign that she's "a proven job creator" who knows how to help get the nation back to work.

She says things haven't improved since her last race, and cites unemployment and the national debt.

McMahon ran against former Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in 2010, but lost after spending about $50 million of her own money on the race. McMahon publicly refused to take any special interest money or PAC money during her first Senate run.

"When I get to Washington I want to be the voice of the people of Connecticut and not owe special favors," McMahon told ABC's "Good Morning America" in 2010.

The former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, McMahon was criticized during her first Senate run for the violent programming content and the deaths of several high-profile employees of her former company. She caused more controversy when she expressed a desire to take a second look at minimum wage and admitted to reporters that "she didn't know what the current minimum wage is or if any of her employees at World Wrestling Entertainment are paid it."

She was also targeted by critics for refusing to address questions about her past issues with bankruptcy.

Former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays is also expected to announce his candidacy for the seat being vacated by independent Sen. Joe Lieberman.