Despite the fact that Republican Linda McMahon had challenged both of our state’s U.S. senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, when they came up for re-election, both men supported her in recent hearings to confirm her as head of the Small Business Administration.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, even called her the “perfect choice” for the job.
The Associated Press observed that, “Malloy, Murphy and Blumenthal appear to be turning from politics to pragmatism, considering the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment will now be the highest ranking member of Trump’s Republican administration from blue-state Connecticut.”
According to The Associated Press, as the 25th administrator of the SBA, McMahon will preside over a $1 billion agency that’s best known for making small business loans and providing disaster relief to companies and entrepreneurs. It could be a key appointment for Connecticut. Since the devastating Superstorm Sandy in 2012, state homeowners, businesses and nonprofit organizations have received $55 million in low-interest SBA loans.
SBA also helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. In fiscal year 2016, SBA’s Connecticut office supported loans for more than $284 million through its three main loan programs.
In other words, she can be an important voice for her home state, which might otherwise be seen by the Trump team as enemy territory.
As Murphy told the Senate Small Business Committee last month, “Political adversaries have to find a way to work together after the fight is over” - and, frankly, we praise all three for doing so, for putting the good of our state before old grudges.