A Tale Of Two Non-Voters

The Hartford Courant

The Republican field running for U.S. Senate features two candidates who acknowledge a history of non-participation in the electoral process.

Does it matter?

Linda McMahon seems to think so. Writing on her blog the other day, McMahon says she's sorry she failed to vote in the 2006 general election, the 2008 Republican primary and several local elections -- this despite the fact that her company, World Wrestling Entertainment, leads an effort to encourage young people to do their civic duty.

"I talk all the time about how important it is for people to vote. And it is. Yet, I haven't always been the best example myself,'' she writes. "I regret it, I apologize, and I don't make any excuses for it. I think it's important that leaders be willing to step up and own their mistakes when they make them."

Peter Schiff, the broker and pundit from Fairfield County who is also seeking the Republican nomination, said he voted when he lived in California, but never bothered to register when he moved back to Connecticut in 2004.

That meant he wasn't able to vote for 2008 presidential candidate Ron Paul, even though he was advising Paul's campaign.

"Most of the candidates are so unappealing on either side," Schiff said in an interview in August, before officially declaring his candidacy. "It doesn't really matter. Even if I wanted to vote for John McCain, I knew he had no chance to win in Connecticut. I knew he had no chance to win anywhere."

Besides, Schiff added, "I didn't think there was enough of a difference between McCain and Obama.''

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