Linda McMahon on Jobs
In July, Trump signed an executive order establishing the President's National Council for the American Worker, which McMahon said aims to create an integrated strategy to bring together employers, educational institutions and unions to develop apprenticeship programs and curricula to provide students with the skills that employers need,. "Simply put, we need a workforce that is ready to work," she remarked.
Shays questioned McMahon's conservative credentials, noting early in the night that she gave money to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as recently as 2006. The DCCC spearheaded efforts to unseat Republicans such as Shays in Congress.
Outside the debate, hundreds of supporters for both candidates tried to shout down one another. Blumenthal supporters, many representing local labor unions, brought a huge inflatable "fat cat" with the name tag Linda McMahon around its neck. The cat held an inflatable worker, which hoisted a sign that read: "Don't cut my minimum wage," a reference to McMahon's recent comments about how future minimum wage increases should be closely scrutinized to make sure small businesses are not being harmed.
Blumenthal criticized WWE accepting $10 million in state tax credits and later laying off 10% of its work force in 2009.
"She talks about creating jobs," Blumenthal said. "Many of the jobs she's created at WWE have no health insurance, the wrestlers and others are hired as independent contractors." Blumenthal said the WWE is under investigation by the state for allegedly classifying wrestlers as independent contractors, denying health insurance benefits and dodging taxes. "Creating those kinds of jobs, without health insurance is certainly not something that I would brag about," he said.
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