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Union upset over McMahon T-shirts

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© Shirts that Linda McMahon's supporters wore at the polls in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport. © Shirts that Linda McMahon's supporters wore at the polls in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport.
© The sample ballot handed out by Linda McMahon supporters. © The sample ballot handed out by Linda McMahon supporters.
© The Service Employees International Union Connecticut State Council T-shirt © The Service Employees International Union Connecticut State Council T-shirt
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A Connecticut union is "outraged" over T-shirts being worn by Election Day workers of one United States Senate candidate that look similar to their members' shirts, especially since the organization supported the opposing candidate.

Voters in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport will be greeted by Election Day employees who will be wearing purple T-shirts that endorse a split ticket of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon and President Barack Obama, who is a Democrat.

However, the T-shirts look like ones worn by members of the Service Employees International Union Connecticut State Council, who endorsed Chris Murphy and Obama.

"This is a cynical and phony attempt to further confuse voters," said Paul Filson, director of the SEIU CT State Council in a statement Tuesday. "SEIU is well-known around Connecticut, especially in the cities, for its member activists, always clad in their purple T-shirts."

McMahon, who is a former CEO of WWE, and Murphy, who did not seek reelection for the United States House of Representatives, are vying for the right to succeed Joe Lieberman in the U.S. Senate.

Filson said the SEIU has received several calls about union members being confused by the T-shirts.

"SEIU is outraged by the deception. Even the thought that SEIU would support a ticket splitting vote for Obama and McMahon is repulsive," Filson said. "McMahon's support for tax cuts for the wealthy and her threats to social security and Medicare, and her opposition to Obamacare make her clearly an anti-working families candidate."

McMahon endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president, but her campaign told Eyewitness that it wanted residents to know it is OK to support McMahon and Obama.

"We have had an aggressive get out the vote effort and I wanted to make sure those people who wanted to vote for me knew they could split their ticket," she told reporters Tuesday afternoon. "We wanted to make sure that was a clear message."

McMahon's campaign has previously run television ads to encourage Connecticut residents to split the ticket between Obama and McMahon.

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