Senate GOP campaign chair: McMahon “interested in running”

Republican Linda McMahon has made it clear that she is mulling another bid for the U.S. Senate in 2012. So perhaps it’s no surprise that she’s been chatting up political operatives in Washington recently.

“I’m being told that she’s interested in running,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said on Tuesday. “There’s been a number of conversations occurring” between the McMahon camp and the NRSC.

Cornyn said he has not directly spoken with McMahon yet, but that’s mostly because of scheduling difficulties. “I anticipate that will happen at some point here before long,” he added.

McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, made an unsuccessful run against Democrat Richard Blumenthal in 2010, spending $50 million of her own fortune in that race.

With incumbent Sen. Joseph Lieberman retiring, the 2012 race has already attracted a lot of attention. On the Democratic side, three candidates have jumped in: ex-Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, 5th District Congressman Chris Murphy, and State Rep. William Tong of Stamford.