CNN.com is reporting that Chris Shays has entered the GOP race for U.S. Senate in Connecticut going up against former WWE CEO Linda McMahon. Shays believes the 2012 election is far too important to send a “political novice” like McMahon to Washington.

“We can’t afford to send someone to the United States Senate who doesn’t have the experience and a proven record of getting things done in Washington. There is no time for on-the-job training. We need someone who is ready on day one.”

McMahon Communications Director Erin Isaac responded to the remarks not long later.

“For nearly 20 years, Chris Shays represented the people of Connecticut’s 4th district in the United States Congress. But in 2012, we need to elect people committed to changing not only the negative political culture, but the ineffective way Washington does business. Linda comes from the business world. She has known failure and success and will take a different perspective to Washington – a perspective desperately needed.”