Connecticut voters encouraged not to wear WWE merchandise

Oct 23, 2010 - by Steve Gerweck

Voters in Connecticut were advised by election officials today not to
turn out to the upcoming Senate polls wearing WWE merchandise or it
could be construed as electioneering for Linda McMahon. The Polictico
website broke the story quoting Av Harris, the spokesman for the
Connecticut secretary of state. “Nobody is going to be denied their
right to vote, but (election officials) may ask them to cover up a
shirt, go back to the car take it off, come back with a jacket on top,”
Harris said adding that officials will evaluate people wearing WWE garb
on a case-by-case basis. “It may be a thing where an 18-year-old kid
walks in with a Smackdown T-shirt. If the moderator determines it’s no
big deal, it’s fine,” Harris said. “Forty people walking in when the
Connecticut candidate for Senate is associated with the company, and her
husband is the CEO — it’s a celebrity type of CEO, it’s not just a
run-of-the-mill CEO of a company. This a well-known ubiquitous company.”
Linda McMahon’s spokesman Ed Patru fired back in a statement this
afternoon saying there is nothing in the state election guidelines that
prohibits a voter from wearing a nonpartisan piece of clothing to the
polls. “This opinion seems overtly partisan, and anytime the state
starts arbitrarily denying citizens the right to vote, democracy itself
is under attack,” claimed Patru. “We’re very concerned at this point
that they may soon decide to prohibit Vietnam veterans from voting.”

Vince McMahon on the WWE website today also attempted to claim voters
were being denied the right to vote–which he described as a violation
of first amendment rights. Really hilarious stuff. Next time you go to a
WWE event, try wearing a TNA or ROH T-shirt, talk to them about the
first amendment, and then see what happens.

(credit: The Wrestling Globe Newsletter)

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