In the news lately is an interesting Senate primary race that’s shaping up in Connecticut. In one corner is Linda McMahon, past CEO of the WWE who reportedly has $30 million to put into the race. In the other corner is Congressman Rob Simmons who is currently leading other primary opponents, as well as Senator Chris Dodd in head-to-head polls.
McMahon recently drew attention for some rather bizarre comments about the KSM trial. She has also recently come under fire from some of the most high profile, successful former members of the organization she led — an organization she doesn’t mention by name in her campaign ads or brochures.
In November, former pro wrestler, Superstar Billy Graham criticized McMahon for several problems in the WWE organization including sexual exploitation of women. Graham said, “She may look like a Sunday school teacher,” but he says, “Linda McMahon’s hands are as bloody as her husband’s because she is aware of every move in the ring.”
A week ago, Jesse Ventura spoke out against the WWE calling it “a joke” and “still in the stone age” due to pro wrestlers not having any form of organized union protection.
Last week, in a Miami Herald report about his autobiography, Bruno Sammartino strongly criticized the organization Linda McMahon led on various grounds including the rising use of drugs, vulgarity and scantily clad women.
Recent polls show Simmons opening a double digit lead over Senator Chris Dodd, while McMahon runs just better than even with Dodd. Republicans have an incredible opportunity to defeat a sitting Democrat Senator in the Northeast. It might seem an easy primary decision for Republicans to make considering Simmons numbers against Dodd, but McMahon has a personal fortune she has shown she is not afraid to spend. Keep an eye on the race between McMahon and Simmons. The result of this primary may determine whether or not the GOP is able to unseat the longest serving Senator in Connecticut’s history.