Linda McMahon picked up an endorsement today from Peter Lumaj, a conservative businessman who was part of the five-candidate field for the GOP Senate nomination.

The only downside of endorsements from former opponents, especially longshots who were especially free with their opinions during the campaign, is the recycling of past criticism by the endorser of the endorsee.

In Lumaj’s case, that includes his branding McMahon as an “empty suit” during a debate televised on WFSB and calling her unelectable during another forum. Not that he was nicer to Chris Shays, the other candidate for the GOP nomination.

“This fight, it’s so important, so significant, that it cannot be left to the likes of Chris Shays, who we know is a RINO, or to Linda McMahon, who we know deep down in our hearts, she is not electable,” Lumaj said. “We need a conservative.”

Lumaj is over his concerns about McMahon’s electability.

“Linda McMahon is the only candidate who can beat (Democrat) Chris Murphy in November. She has been working hard to earn support in communities across Connecticut, and polls show she is the best candidate to represent our party,” Lumaj said today. “I am proud to endorse Linda because her perspective as a job creator and not a professional politician is exactly what the people of Connecticut are asking for.”

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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