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The bombardment of Linda McMahon begins

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It took less than an hour after Linda McMahon’s triumph in the Connecticut Republican primary election for Senate Tuesday night for Democrats to throw her past as a pro wrestling CEO in her face, in a volley of attacks that is unlikely to cease until election day in November.

“Today the party of Bob Dole, Jack Kemp and Richard Lugar nominated a candidate who kicks men in the crotch, thinks of scenes of necrophilia as ‘entertainment,’ and runs an operation where women are forced to bark like dogs. This is what has become of the once grand old party,” said Hari Sevugan, national press secretary for the Democratic National Committee.

Sevugan sent out links to three videos on YouTube related to World Wrestling Entertainment, which McMahon was in charge of until 2009.

It’s an attempt to define McMahon right out of the box after the primary, as more in the media and the public pay attention to a party’s nominee or take a fresh look. Rand Paul, the Republican in Kentucky, endured several days of heavy criticism and bad media after his primary win in May, helping his Democratic opponent Jack Conway close in the polls.

Republicans said that Democrats have been lobbing the wrestling video clips at McMahon for months with almost no effect. And in fact, the latest Quinnipiac poll on Aug. 4 showed McMahon had cut Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s lead to 10 points, down from 17 in July.

But Democrats are hoping that as the race hits a new gear now, the broader electorate in Connecticut will not look kindly on video clips from McMahon’s days as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.

One clip shows McMahon “acting” in a skit with her husband, current WWE CEO Vince McMahon, inside the ring at a WWE event. She mock kicks a man in the groin after firing him from WWE.

Another clip shows Vince McMahon telling WWE female wrestler Trish Stratus to get on her knees and bark like a dog, while thousands of spectators inside the arena cheered and yelled. The third is a clip of a WWE wrestler Paul Michael Levesque, known as “Triple H,” talking in a radio interview about a time when Vince McMahon had him simulate sex with a fake corpse inside a funeral home.

The McMahon campaign said the videos and the candidate’s past were a distraction from real issues facing the country, and branded Democrats attacking McMahon with the label “Washington.”

“People in Connecticut are hurting because Washington policies are driving this country deeper into debt and further into unemployment,” said McMahon spokesman Ed Patru.

“Washington just doesn’t get it. People want jobs, and Washington’s response is more spending, higher taxes, and now, apparently, 10-year old wrestling videos pulled from YouTube. I think we all know how that strategy is going to play out,” Patru said.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee said that McMahon’s primary victory had given them “a strong pick-up opportunity in Connecticut this November.”

Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican and chairman of the NRSC, argued that WWE — a multi-million dollar grossing company — is a “successful international corporation.”

“As a self-made businesswoman who helped grow her company from a modest 13-person endeavor to a successful international corporation, Linda McMahon is ready to make the tough decisions in Washington in order to grow jobs, rein in out-of-control spending, and spur economic development,” Cornyn said.

But the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also went after McMahon for her past as a WWE executive.

“As the former WWE CEO, McMahon built an empire peddling violent, sexually explicit material that glorified the exploitation of women, and the mentally disabled,” said DSCC spokesman Eric Schultz. “Yet, it’s McMahon’s record outside the ring that is raising the most serious questions – including steroid abuse running rampant under her watch.”

McMahon has denied that steroids have been proven to have serious health effects and has said that WWE “implemented many policies” to evaluate and test the health of their wrestlers.

McMahon won her primary with just under 50 percent of the Republican vote, defeating two other candidates. She will face Blumenthal, who has faced troubles of his own after statements he has made in the past about service in the Vietnam war were revealed to be misleading.

McMahon spent around $22 million of her own fortune in the primary and has said she is willing to spend $50 million of her own money all told before the race is over.

Here are the three clips sent out by the DNC:

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  • libertyatstake

    At least the WWE proactively plans its’ entertainment value. It just comes naturally and unexpectedly to the DNC, by contrast.

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  • emem

    Who are these DNC pundits to judge anyone? What gives them the right? The party that supports this ridiculous economic and foreign policy agenda? The party of Acorn, Fannie, Freddie, hollywood, unions, ACLU? How dare they evaluate the validity of anyone’s life. Who’s next, Hooter girls paying their way through college? They’re not good enough to be in politics either?

    Linda McMahon bult an empire and has not freeloaded off political parties and the public fears. The DNC seems to think it has the right to be judge and jury of acceptability.

  • Ms. Jones

    The Dems don’t hate women; just attractive, successful, CONSERVATIVE women. Look at the way they demean the female Fox News anchorwomen, who happen to be very attractive in addition to being extremely intelligent, accomplished women. McMahon took a small enterprise and turned it into a multi-million dollar, international corporation by KNOWING HER TARGET AUDIENCE and tailoring her product accordingly–smart business practice. Let’s contrast that with the current occupant of the White House, who lacks any business experience and turns a deaf ear to anyone who disagrees with his policies, labelling them “racist” (or allowing others to do so on his behalf). When he joins the rest of us in the unemployment line in a few years, he can add “running an economy (into the ground)” to his list of dubious accomplishments.

  • thephranc

    When the dems try to make the WWE look evil McMahon should just state some facts like how WWE grants more ‘Make a Wish’ wishes then any one else, how WWE has grown under her over seeing to be a world wide industry leader, or how the WWE goes every year to the war zones to give a little something back to the troops.

  • RM

    Connecticut is slipping away fast from the Democrat column. First Lieberman goes Independent and now Dodd is leaving under a cloud. Everything they are saying about McMahon they said about Scott Brown.
    Hopefully the DNC will use up resources trying to stop a so-called safe seat from going Republican.

  • shepmoors

    At least Linda doesn’t have to wrestle with her conscience like Blumenthal should be doing after lying about his service.

  • gregbo

    Don’t know much about this particular election and I’ve never watched WWE because it’s STUPID. Of course it’s also fantasy entertainment. The Governor of California as I recall starred in multiple movies featuring fake slaughter of innocents and bad guys. I don’t live in CA anymore but I don’t remember any Democrats calling for recall because he’s a movie star. For Crissakes Al Gore made an Oscar winning movie about global warming which was almost entirely fictional. In fact some of our most celebrated liberals , Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, Al Franken et. al. have built multi million dollar careers acting in fantasy movies and TV shows that would probably offend somebody (don’t get me wrong, I love these guys. Check out Colbert’s voice overs in Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law on Adult Swim. Classic stuff). If Misogeny is your problem you need look no further than liberal pundit Keith Olberman a man who apparently hates women in ways I can barely fathom.
    In any case, I happened to catch the MSNBC coverage of this woman’s primary victory this morning. I was struck by the obvious fact that she was being challenged in a way I doubt any man would have been. Why do liberals hate women? I can only guess. Seems like an intelligent lady who actually ran a business and CREATED JOBS something Obama has never done (printing money to pay government employees doesn’t count).

  • S-D-M

    Absolutely nothing the liberals can throw up will change even ONE military veterans mind. They hate liars about serving in the armed forces more than they do the taliban. Only cowards LIE about their service, only COWARDS..!

  • dw

    At least she might know something about business which is more than can be said for anyone in the white house.

    • dw

      Oh yeah… the dems have a war hero running for them. How many medals does he have?