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Linda McMahon Considered for Secretary of Commerce: Sources

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    Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Linda McMahon waves as she thanks supporters in Stamford, Conn., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. McMahon conceded the race to Democratic opponent Chris Murphy for the Senate seat now held by Joe Lieberman, an independent who's retiring. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Sources close to Linda McMahon and President-elect Trump's transition team said the former Senate candidate is one name under consideration to become Secretary of Commerce in the new Trump administration.

    There has been much speculation since the election about who Trump will chose for his administration.

    Trump announced his transition team on Friday. That team will not necessarily carry over into the Trump administration — though members of past transition teams often have. Instead, they are in charge of putting together hiring recommendations, working with outgoing appointees and laying the groundwork for administration's opening months.

    McMahon, a former World Wrestling Entertainment executive and two-time U.S. Senate candidate has been involved in campaigns across the country, including the presidential election. She hosted an event for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was her top choice in the Republican primary, then threw her support behind Trump, a longtime friend.

    A spokesperson for McMahon said she would be honored to serve if the president-elect asks, but his office has not reached out.

    Besides attending the Republican National Convention, she's been a frequent guest at fundraisers for federal candidates, rubbing elbows with top GOP leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan. This election she was considered a Republican mega donor.

    McMahon served on the Connecticut Board of Education starting in 2009 for just over a year before resigning when a new legal opinion by state elections officials restricted political activities by board members.

    McMahon ran for a U.S. Senate seat in the 2010 general election and lost to Democrat Richard Blumenthal. McMahon spent $50 million of her own money, more than any other candidate in that election, and secured 44 percent of the vote, while Blumenthal spent $8.7 million, $2.5 million of which was his own money, and secured 54 percent of the vote.

    She was the 2012 Republican nominee for Connecticut’s other senate seat to replace retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman but lost again, this time to Democratic Representative Chris Murphy.

    McMahon lives in Greenwich with her husband, WWE executive Vince McMahon.