Richard Blumenthal on Principles & Values



Seven of McMahon's WWE wrestlers have died this year

McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, tried to paint Blumenthal as a career politician who has "a difficult time telling the truth," mentioning the instances when he misspoke about his military record.

Blumenthal shot back, saying he would not be lectured by someone who has badly treated her employees, bringing up how seven wrestlers have died since the newcomer politician began her quest last year to fill the Senate seat. "The people of Connecticut know me and they have taken the measure of my character over 20 years," Blumenthal said.

McMahon, who acknowledged the WWE has "pushed the envelope" over the years with its programming, said she remains proud of the company, which she said has created an average of 20 jobs a year over the last 28 years and expects to hire an additional 100 to 140 workers next year.

Source: National Public Radio coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate , Oct 12, 2010

I have spent my life helping people build their futures

Blumenthal and McMahon traded barbs on their respective records. "She is different from me," said Blumenthal, longtime state attorney general and former General Assembly member. "She has spent her life building her fortune. I have spent my life helping people build their futures." Blumenthal, citing his work as attorney general, presented himself as a fighter "for the people of Connecticut" and his opponents as beholden to special interests.

McMahon stood by her record as former chief and executive officer of World Wrestling Entertainment. She painted Blumenthal as a career politician who, as a state legislator, voted for a record tax increase. "I don't think we can send Mr. Blumenthal to Washington with his tax-and-spend philosophy," McMahon said. "We can't afford Dick Blumenthal in Washington."

Source: Wilton Villager coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate , Oct 7, 2010

I hear your anger, frustration and real hurt

All too often elected officials in Washington D.C. forget that their decisions, and their indecision, have a very real and direct impact on everyday lives. In all my years of public service, I have never forgotten the importance of listening to the people who have given me their trust in public office. I will bring Connecticut's values to Washington and help change the way Washington works. I hear the anger, frustration and real hurt felt by our neighbors and fellow citizens.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.richardblumenthal.com/ , Mar 5, 2010

Blumenthal sponsored questioning Trump on Emoluments clause

Excerpts from Letter from 17 Senators to Trump Organization: The Trump Organization's continuing financial relationship with President Trump raises concerns about whether it is a pass-through for income that violates the Constitution's two Emoluments Clauses: Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 on foreign Emoluments; and Article II, Clause 7 on domestic Emoluments. Please answer the following questions to help Congress understand:

Legal Analysis: (Cato Institute, "Emoluments Clause vs. Trump Empire," 11/29/16): The wording of the Emoluments clause points one way to resolution: Congress can give consent, as it did in the early years of the Republic to presents received by Ben Franklin. It can decide what it is willing to live with in the way of Trump conflicts. If it misjudges public opinion, it will pay a political price at the next election.

FOIA argument: (ACLU Center for Democracy, "FOIA Request," 1/19/17): We filed our first Freedom of Information Act request of the Trump Era, seeking documents relating President Trump's conflicts of interest relating to his business connections. When Trump took the oath of office, he didn't take the steps necessary to ensure that he and his family's business interests comply with the Constitution. Some have even argued that upon taking the oath of office, the new president is already violating the Emoluments Clause.

Source: Letter from 17 Senators 17LTR-EMOL on May 18, 2017

Certify 2020 Presidential election as fully & fairly counted.

Blumenthal voted NAY blocking certification of the Electoral vote

Explanation of 1/6/21 Electoral Certification, by Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner:Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar led an objection to counting Electoral College votes from the state of Arizona, the first formal objection to state results in a series of moves that will delay the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election over President Trump. Cruz is advocating for an `emergency 10-day audit` of election returns in disputed states. The usually ceremonial joint session of Congress that convenes to count and accept Electoral College votes will be put on hold as the House and Senate separately debate the objection.