Linda McMahon’s Senate race drags WWE back into the news

Feb 5, 2012 - by Steve Gerweck

With Linda McMahon running for Senate once again this year it means that
WWE will be more in the news for all the wrong reasons. Two years ago during
Linda’s first attempt at being elected, her opponents and the media attacked
McMahon for her work with the WWE and the way the company showcases women
and violence. This week WWE lashed out at Chris Shays, one of Linda
McMahon’s opponents for the seat for saying that WWE’s content is “akin to
soft porn” in a story published by the Associated Press. Following that
article, Journal Inquirer Managing Editor Chris Powell, wrote an editorial
also suggesting that WWE is all about porn and mock violence. “Maybe in time
Connecticut will consider the pornography and mock violence of the wrestling
business from which McMahon draws her fortune to be as legitimate as any
other business,” he wrote. WWE, through its spokesman Robert Zimmerman,
fired back telling Powell to get his facts straight and “not distort the
truth.” “For future editorials and news stories that may pertain to WWE, we
want to reiterate the facts to you so you clearly understand our programming
content and the type of entertainment we provide to our more than 300,000
fans in the State of Connecticut,” Zimmerman wrote. McMahon resigned from
her position as WWE Chief Executive Officer in 2009 to kick off her
political career and in 2010 she won the Republican primary but lost the
race to her Democrat opponent by 11% after spending over $50 million of her
own money.

(thanks to Colin Vassallo)

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