It seems as though spending $100 million on two failed campaigns for Senate has left pro-wrestling magnate/ "self-funding Republican" Linda McMahon light on cash. Either that, or her campaign is cheap and vindictive (or inept).
Recently, several of McMahon's part time campaign workers complained to a local news station about not being paid after the election. McMahon's campaign then sent checks to those workers, but the checks bounced. Cruel and vengeful prank, actions of a bankrupt campaign or just an administrative mistake?
Just an innocent mishap, says the campaign.
"Checks have been mailed to campaign workers. Replacement checks were issued for those who did not want to wait for the mail," campaign spokeswoman Kate Duffy told WTNH. "The original checks were then voided once replacement checks were issued." They plan to follow up with staffers who reported receiving bad checks.
Fair enough, maybe. But how does the campaign justify this?
Twaine Don Gomes was one of the people who first complained to News 8. He was handed a check, but he says, the campaign told him they were mad that he came to News 8, so he got a little something extra in his envelope.
"Basically he handed me a check with a condom in it, told me I was screwed," Gomes said. "That's the rudest gesture you can ever do to a person, it's like spitting in a person's face."
His check bounced as well.
A little harder to explain that one, huh?
It's also worth noting that some of the bad checks were cashed at check cashing companies.
"We already paid the money to the people and we were just looking to get our percentage which we charge two percent," said Troy Stokes, M&M Check Cashing Co.
M&M Check Cashing on Howe Street had been cashing McMahon's checks all through the campaign, but all the checks dated November 8th have bounced.
"We're out right now, $1,600," Stokes said.
On the one hand, it's great the part-time campaign workers got their cash while screwing over predatory check cashing companies. On the other hand, as Wonkette points out, it's typical of McMahon's campaign/the GOP in general that the workers they attempted to rip off were poor enough that they had to rely on such establishments in the first place.
All in all, $100 million well spent.