Linda McMahon for the US Senate

Arthur Christopher Schaper is a California resident appealing to Connecticut voters to elect Linda McMahon to the US Senate on November 6th.

To the Voters of Connecticut:

My name is Arthur Christopher Schaper, a resident of Torrance, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles.

I have been following the 2012 Senate contests which have taken the national spotlight over the past few months. The Connecticut contest caught my attention in part because the GOP primary would pit well-known and long-lasting stalwart Christopher Shays vs. Linda McMahon.

I watched with avid interest as former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon ran against Attorney General Richard Blumenthal for the Senate seat vacated by Chris Dodd in 2010.

She reached out to the voters, she demonstrated a qualified command of the issues that affect the voters of Connecticut. Ultimately, she lost the election, but she established that a fiscally conservative candidate could make her case to the voters in her state.

Now she is running again in the general election, and this time she will be facing off against Congressman Chris Murphy of the 5th Congressional District. Chris Murphy has more baggage to contend with, and Ms. McMahon has the experience in the private sector, plus her skills as a communicator, to provide a comprehensive business plan to help create jobs, stop the spending, and get this country back on track toward a booming economic recovery.

Unlike her predecessors, Ms. McMahon runs an unconventional campaign, reaching out to voters in their homes directly instead of appealing for support through indirect media outlets.

McMahon’s Six Points Jobs Plan is comprehensive, unlike anything that I have read here in California, where job-killing regulations (including Cap and Trade along with some of the highest taxes in the union) are pushing businesses out of the Golden State. McMahon’s plan is not only impressive in itself, but the details within the plan outline that her business savvy coupled with her skills at summarizing key issues to voters place her in a well-deserved advantage ahead of her Washington-insider challenger, Chris Murphy.

Ms. McMahon’s Six Point Plan includes the following:

1. Middle-class tax cuts that would diminish rates from 25% to 15%, removing capital gains, death and gift taxes, while expanding deductions for education expenses and removing penalties for making withdrawals from IRAs.

2. Cut the business tax rate down from 25% to 15% -- stop the taxes on our small businesses. They create the jobs that stay in the United States.

3. End Job-killing regulations like ObamaCare (which is highly unpopular --

4. Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment, and cut real spending by 1% every year.

5. End the overlap in employment training, invest in public-private partnerships, and employ our veterans.

6. Build the XL Keystone Pipeline and release permits to drill oil and natural gas. Invest in nuclear energy.


Whereas McMahon wants to ease the tax burden on Connecticut voters, Chris Murphy is one of the most anti-tax relief legislators in Congress (See

Noteworthy endorsements for Ms. McMahon include former Connecticut Secretary of State Pauline R. Kezer, former Connecticut member and assistant GOP leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1979 to 1986. 21-year Congressman Chris Shays has also endorsed his former primary opponent, despite having lost to her by 3-to-1. Based on her success stunning in the GOP primary, McMahon is clearly much more than a Tea Party upstart.

Beyond McMahon's ad campaign, what has ingratiated the Connecticut voters to Ms. McMahon is her experience as an entrepreneur, as opposed to a career politician. In contrast, Congressman Chris Murphy has voted in lock-step with the unpopular Obama juggernaut of tax-and-spend, rule-and-fine, waste-and-want: an unappealing and appalling resume. McMahon, a survivor from childhood poverty and bankruptcy in the corporate world, has streamlined and mainstreamed a multi-million dollar organization. This woman understands the needs and concerns of her constituents.

Connecticut deserves better than unaccountable incumbents, and so does the rest of the country. Vote for Linda McMahon for the US Senate November 6th!

--) and Dodd-Frank. The REINS act would require transparency and efficiency in the passage and implementation of regulations which normal stall growth and diminish innovation.www.lindasplan.com)Murphy's Tax Record). The Alliance for Worker Freedom has given Mr. Murphy an outstanding our poor 0% rating (Murphy on Worker Freedom). Most disturbing of all, Mr. Murphy voted in line with his more liberal caucus. He voted for the economy-dragging stimulus bill, job-killing Cap and Trade, access-limiting ObamaCare, and even school vouchers for students enrolled in failing D.C. schools (Murphy's Dismal Voting Record) Time and again, Murphy has voter with her party and against the best interests of the state of Connecticut and the United States. Up to this moment, Mr. Murphy still has not provided a comprehensive jobs plan akin to Ms. McMahon’s. Like President Obama, Congressman Murphy cannot run on his record of supporting high taxes and job-killing, revenue wasting regulations.

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Romney/Ryan September 01, 2012 at 02:11 AM
What? We are not racists, we just like you Wong
Romney/Ryan September 01, 2012 at 02:24 AM
No we don't.
Romney/Ryan September 01, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Copy our patents. Steal our secrets. Dope your athletes. make lousy food, and make crappy products, other than that, we're good.
Alethiologist September 01, 2012 at 03:18 AM
JP Judge their beliefs by how they live their lives. As a group, they work hard, there is little crime, they care for their families, support education, are charitable, and seldom condem those of another faith.
sebastian dangerfield September 01, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Franklin...romney ryan is just being provacative. Pretending to be a race baiting republican. In any event franklin...i asked you before what school it was you went to where both goodman and young cheney attended. I cant figure it out....so if youd be so kind as to clarify. A young man who is from ny and another young black man from mississippi.....yet you went to the same school. Hard to figure the intersection. Thanks.
Jim Eastwood September 01, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Good Morning Everyone HAPPY LABOR DAY !!!!!! Franklin Wong you need to change your name to WRONG !! While your comments are protected under the Constitution and are certainaly entertaining, YOU ARE a "Pot Stirrer". You are over looking the Race which has been "Run Over" by every one===The Native American.!! Don't YOU COMPLAIN Unless you REALLY Understand what RACISM really is. Have a Great Day and THINK, Just Think about what you are saying !!!
John Jameson September 01, 2012 at 03:06 PM
And you, Jim Eastwood, understand what racism is??? In an earlier post I think it was you who said all this talk about race should stop. Why? The only way we are ever going to overcome racism in this country, if we even can, is to have an open and honest conversation about it. Not by pretending it doesn't really exist.
Jim Eastwood September 01, 2012 at 05:35 PM
John' Yes, and I have been a victim of it I would like to take Franklin on a day trip withing connecticut so that he might experience some of the Good and the bad .\ Would you ike to come along--Lunch is on me !!! The Only way to over come the "Elephant in the room" issues is to walk and talk in ezch others shoes Hope we all Understand the true meaning of Labor Day Stay Safe Mr friend and have a great wekend
Marathon Mike September 01, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Paul Ryan has a problem telling the truth. Paul Ryan's campaign walked back comments the VP nominee made about running a marathon. "I had a two hour and fifty-something" marathon, Ryan said last week an interview. "I hurt a disc in my back, so I don’t run marathons anymore." But the Ryan campaign confirmed to Runner's World that he has only run one marathon, the 1990 Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, which he finished in just over 4 hours. As someone who has run over a dozen marathons, including a sub 3 hour, I guarantee you that you don't confuse running a sub 3 hour with finishing over 4 hours!
Sister Sarah September 01, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Does Linda agree with the R&R boys who would like to drastically slash Medicaid support for the poor and disabled, so that the wealthiest 1% can feed their greed?
John P. September 01, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Here is a short video that explains Mormonism. http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_938881&feature=iv&src_vid=7q6brMrFw0E&v=n3BqLZ8UoZk. Joseph Smith the founder of the Mormon faith was a false prophet; in fact in the 1800’s he was known as a conman and was a convicted of such crimes by the state of New York. How anyone could prescribe to such nonsense is mindboggling.
John Jameson September 02, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Please explain the racism you, a white man, experienced Mr. Eastwood. You say the only way to overcome the issues is to talk about them, and yet you call Mr. Wong a pot stirrer for doing just that.
sebastian dangerfield September 02, 2012 at 04:06 AM
John? Seen any dead guys moving rocks lately ? When was last time, any of your buddies parted a sea? Any co-workers, walking on water.
sebastian dangerfield September 02, 2012 at 04:15 AM
i'll ask the question a 3rd time. Is the Democratic National Committee racist? Is the NAACP racist against poor black people? Is the McDonalds at the corner of main street and elm street racist? According to the theory : if it is deemed more difficult for minorities to access, then all things are racist. Sorry, the voter i.d. card issue, and the conclusion that because poor black people are the ones who will find it most difficult to comply?? It unfortunately applies to nearly every endeavor. So--once again--the concept that voter i.d's unfairly affect minorities is a very weak argument to make. But, Im more than happy to listen to why most other events do not bear the same challenges that liberals suggest exist with respect to getting to a government office that issues photo i'd.s (that includes post offices).
Heywood Smith September 02, 2012 at 05:02 AM
So what DID Pennsylvania House Majority leader Mike Turzai mean when he gloated at a Republican State Committee meeting that the state’s new voter ID law will allow Mitt Romney to win the state in November? That the scourge of voter fraud would no longer be a threat to democracy?
Kendall L Owott September 02, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Free political discussion is fine. We have many fine Mormon families in New Canaan and we don't need to get into one of these kinds of discussions. This election is getting worse by the day. I didn't think we had mud slide problems around here, only in California. I guess I was wrong. Get out the shovels.
Thomas Paine September 02, 2012 at 01:28 PM
First Read on RACISM without RACISTS. YES, There is racism in the DNC. There is racism at McDonalds at the corner of main street and elm. Racism is not only about minority access. Yes, if something effects one racial group disproportionately than another whether intentional or not intentional, can you conclude it is not racism? A very simple example, It is the difference of introducing you as "my friend" or "my white friend" or "my black friend". To me, these are examples of racism. Benign, unintentional perhaps. Yes, it applies to quite a number of endeavors. It is even more apparent in this country, because we are a multi-cultural society. Just as in an open democratic society, multiple political and policy is debated. Recognition and discussion of racial and cultural differences is something that has and continues to move us forward as a society. regarding photo ID. I am not against photo ID. The comparing of driver license and exercising your right to vote is not a valid comparison. Voting is a constitutional right and government cannot and should not create ANY obstacle to the exercising of the right. However, should government find it necessary to create ANY obstacle in order to protect the integrity of the vote, then government must ensure that ALL voters are protected. The photo ID laws that are now in place do not do enough to guarantee all who are eligible to vote and go to their polling place are provided the right to vote.
sebastian dangerfield September 02, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Kendall I totally agree Kendall. What is upsetting, is the way Democrats parade out the "we hate intolerance card." But those people have been curiously absent, when it comes to certain types of intolerance (read--intolerance of a religion practiced by the Republican candidate for President.) Again, I dont think its unreasonable, to conclude that Democrat expressions of "i hate intolerance", are pretty hollow. They are intolerant of everything that doesnt support their own notion of right and wrong. (is that tolerant??).
sebastian dangerfield September 02, 2012 at 02:27 PM
franklin, sorry, when you make all events and situations have the same defintion, you have diluted the term to mean nothing. Identifying instances of racism is important. To define everything as racist, is destructive and uninformative.
sebastian dangerfield September 02, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Heywood--if we accept the words of one man or 4--is that how you define reality? You dismiss 1, 3 or 5 examples as unimportant, or irrelevant. You may notice that your posts, generally provide one example and pretend that arguments that controvert those notions, either do not exist or pale in comparison to the arguments you further. In any event, I will counter your Rep state committee guy, with this: Four local officials and party activists were convicted in 2011 of voter fraud in Troy for forging enough absentee ballots to "likely have tipped the city council and county elections" in 2009. Two veteran Democratic political operatives said voter fraud is an accepted way of winning elections. One of them who pled guilty, Anthony DeFiglio, told police that such fraud was a "normal political tactic." [See a collection of political cartoons on the Republican Party.] And it is the most vulnerable who are far too often the victims of vote thieves. DeFiglio admitted that the "people who are targeted live in low-income housing … [T]here is a sense that they are a lot less likely to ask any questions." In March 2012, the county sheriff and clerk in Lincoln County, W.Va., pled guilty to voter fraud. They stuffed enough bogus absentee ballots into ballot boxes to change the outcome of a 2010 Democratic primary election. Was this a one-time incident? Probably not, since the Lincoln County auditor was also found guilty of voter fraud in 2005."
sebastian dangerfield September 02, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I think the subject or the sub-text of racism, detracts from the real debates on the future direction of our country. While Democrats have in the past and in the present, noticed that charges of racism have helped their cause, by keeping people on their back foot, I think the time has come to make the focus the real issues. The real challenges that face our country.
Ridgefield Rifleman September 03, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Don't you just love Macho Man GOP VP dude? No one who ever actually ran a marathon would confuse a super effort of "sub 3 hour, 2:50 something" with a over 4 hours cake walk !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://news.runnersworld.com/2012/08/31/paul-ryan-says-hes-run-sub-300-marathon/
sebastian dangerfield September 03, 2012 at 05:40 AM
yeah claiming to be a good marathoner , vs being a less than good marathoner is something worth considering. Maybe our V.P Biden, whose wife and daughter died in a car accident that police investigators unequivcally said did not involve alcohol, but Biden claimed there was alcohol involved. Dont you think you dishonor your wife and daughter by lying about and taking poltiical advantage of their deaths? How disgusting. Lying is bad--but lying about death --vs a time in a marathon? Or how about the fact checkers who lied about what paul ryan said about janesville. Yeah the truth has been a causalty in politics for a long time. So , why do Democrats weirdly believe that we should give these liars more power?
Kendall L Owott September 03, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Luca, at election this stuff just gets ugly, especially when the election is close. A college professor in the JFK election was asked who he thought was going to win the Presidential election. His answer was Nixon. When asked why, he said, "Because I have faith in the bigots of America." He was wrong, of course, but he was correct in another way. Then it was the Catholics; now it is the Mormons and African Americans. The other groups will have their turn, too.
Kendall L Owott September 03, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Luca, when you talk with some people, it is as if there is guidebook for the conversation. If you don’t have a subscription or haven’t read the book, you are treated like a dimwit. The big philosophical problem is the necessary conflict between our country’s objectives and the real-world constraints. Let’s say you accept the maintenance and advancement of our standard of living as our national objective. You can’t stop there, though. You must examine how we do that and what our limits are and how business funds what we want to do. The operation of a business is not a smooth, uninterrupted process. Jobs are created and destroyed all the time through competition and other factors. Government must interfere at times but only when absolutely necessary because government does few things well. The left largely focuses on the advancement side, while the right defends the business side. Sometimes the best answers are on one side, sometimes the other. We need a Bill Clinton/Bob Dole-like partnership and we don’t have the players. With all the money we spend on education, why can't we rise to the levels of statesmanship shown by a failed farmer and haberdasher or a B movie actor who changed parties?
S Tadik September 03, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Maybe he meant that the big city political machine operatives in his state wouldn’t be able to vote for dead people or drive around from polling place to polling place to vote for people who had moved out of state or credential illegals, etc. The Carnegie-Knight report in more than 50 pages talks about all these issues in 2005. Both Democrat Jimmy Carter and Republican James A. Baker, III, who chaired the Report of the Commission on Federal Election Reform in September 2005, say, “We are recommending a photo ID system for voters designed to increase registration with a more affirmative and aggressive role for states in finding new voters and providing free IDs for those without driver’s licenses.“ Why -- 7 years later -- are we just now getting going? Did some politicians delay because they hoped the public would lose interest and the fraudulent methods could be continued? Did other politicians think they could wait until there wouldn’t be enough time for their opponents to get their voters legit? These are cynical times and we have seen enough of them in the Next Station to Heaven. Vote carefully. Old habits die slowly.
Concerned Parent September 04, 2012 at 04:44 PM
"FACT" does not equal "TRUTH"...People need to use fact to find truth...Too bad they are too lazy to do it...
Esprit de Corps September 04, 2012 at 10:56 PM
M. Ed, please help me with what you have just said because it is not clear to me. When I go to the online dictionary and look up "fact", I see "truth" listed as a synonymn. When do you mean them to be different? How are they different? Please clarify. Are you using "facts" as evidence to establish "true" conclusions? You need correct reasoning when you manipulate facts to produce true statements, is it not so?
Cliff Cuming September 04, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Wiki defines "fact"...A fact (derived from the Latin factum, see below) is something that has really occurred or is actually the case. The usual test for a statement of fact is verifiability, that is whether it can be proven to correspond to experience. Standard reference works are often used to check facts. Scientific facts are verified by repeatable experiments, mathematical facts by logical proofs." A statement that is not factual can be a lie, an error, an opinion or a wild a$$ guess.
Chandra Johnson Greene September 04, 2012 at 11:11 PM
A comment has been removed from this thread. Please refrain from swearing. Thanks!


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something