On a Trump-Pence transition team press call Thursday (Dec. 8), Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer praised President-elect Donald Trump's pick of former WWE executive Linda McMahon as head of the Small Business Administration.
He said McMahon brings "firsthand knowledge about what it takes to grow a successful small business" and as head of SBA "will make sure America's entrepreneurs have access to the capitol and resources they need to grow."
He said by making the SBA administrator a Cabinet-level position, and having "a leader of McMahon's stature" leading the agency, the President-elect was sending a "clear signal to small businesses and entrepreneurs and workers that their interests were of the highest importance."
He said that as former CEO and co-founder of World Wrestling Entertainment, she helped grow that small business from a 13-person staff to a publicly traded global business with more than 800 employees.
Spicer called her one of the country's top female executives. She was a 2007 Multichannel News Wonder Women honoree.
Elsewhere, Jack Mozloom, director of media for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), said he expected her business experience to be an asset. NFIB backed McMahon in her unsuccessful Senate runs.
He said her views on regulation and taxes are "spot on" and said he hoped the SBA Office of Advocacy's promotion of small busiess would continue, one he said had been a "lonely voice" in the current Administration.
McMahon is currently CEO of Women's Leadership Live, which promotes entrepreneurship. She stepped down from WWE in 2009 to run as a Republican in Connecticut's 2010 U.S. Senate race, losing to Democrat Richard Blumenthal. She ran again two years later for the state''s other U.S. Senate seat, losing to Democrat Chris Murphy.