NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) – Workers who helped with Republican candidate Linda McMahon’s Senate campaign were reportedly paid with bad checks that bounced when employees attempted to cash them.
M&M Check Cashing Co. has been responsible for cashing checks given to campaign staff throughout the race. However, according to Troy Stokes, who works for the check-cashing business, all checks dated Nov. 8 bounced, according to WTNH-TV.
“We’re out right now, $1,600,” Stokes told the station.
Campaign spokesperson Kate Duffy told the station that replacement checks have already been issued.
“Checks have been mailed to campaign workers. Replacement checks were issued for those who did not want to wait for the mail,” she explained. “The original checks were then voided once replacement checks were issued.”
Campaign staffer Twaine Don Gomes was reportedly among the first to make the matter of the bad checks public knowledge through local news media – an action which allegedly inspired the campaign to send a second check with something extra.
“Basically he handed me a check with a condom in it, told me I was screwed,” Gomes told WTNH. “That’s the rudest gesture you can ever do to a person, it’s like spitting in a person’s face.”
Duffy told the station in a second interview that the entire situation was a misunderstanding, and that they are working hard to pay everyone who worked on McMahon’s behalf.
And for Evette Brown, who said that she and many others worked for hours in the cold trying to rally campaign support, a resolution would be more than enough.
“I’m not blaming Mrs. McMahon for this, I’m not bashing anyone,” Brown told WTNH, “but I just want my pay for 16 hours.”
Spending was reportedly not an issue for the campaign in general, though it did not affect the outcome – Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy won his way into the Senate on Election Night after giving the pro wrestling magnate her second straight election-night smackdown.
With the loss, the Republican McMahon had spent nearly $100 million of her personal fortune trying to get elected to the Senate: more than $42 million this time and about $50 million against Democrat Richard Blumenthal two years ago.
Her campaign spending was even mentioned in Murphy’s victory speech.
“Tonight, we proved that what matters most in life is the measure of your ideas, is the measure of your determination, is the measure of your friends — not the measure of your wallet,” Murphy, 39, told a crowd of about 400 supporters at a Hartford hotel.
With her husband, Vince McMahon, the chairman and CEO of the WWE, in the crowd behind her, McMahon told disappointed supporters in Stamford that she had no regrets.
“I don’t think we left a stone unturned. I don’t think we would have done anything differently in the campaign,” said McMahon, who outspent her opponent by about 4½-to-1.
The three-term congressman from northwestern Connecticut will succeed the retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent.
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