McMahon’s Political Career

By 2010, with the elections just around the corner, the Democrats announced its new candidate hours after Chris Dodd stepped down from his senate seat. Taking his place was the Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who enjoyed a job approval rating of more than 80%. While Blumenthal proved to be more than what the Republicans expected, neither Simmons nor McMahon were discouraged as they took the ongoing anti-Democrat trend of the 2010 elections as a sure sign of their victory.

Unlike before, though, the tides were shifting in favor of Linda this time around. Even if Blumenthal lead any and all Republican contenders by twenty to thirty points, McMahon was surging through the surveys in the Republican Party. In time, she was able to overtake Simmons in terms of popularity amongst the Republicans, gaining support mostly from female voters, conservatives and residents of the Fairfield County area.

By the time of the Republican Convention, where the Republicans would finally pick the final list of candidates for certain key government positions around the country, Linda McMahon was on the offensive. Her campaign called out Blumenthal for his alleged faulty statements about his services in the Vietnam war, claiming that he fabricated everything in his stories. This attack didn’t do much to dent the Democrat representative, though, as it backfired on the Republicans. Blumenthal was able to clear himself of all the allegations thanks to an uploaded video of his speech where the Republicans claimed he lied about his military days. Later on, Ed Patru admitted to reporters that the whole thing was engineered in the McMahon campaign’s attempts to impress the Republican delegates and representatives in time for the Republican Convention.

The Republican Convention would hold good things for the McMahon campaign, as the embattled campaign and senate hopeful got things to go their way this time around. Simmons, who was previously beating McMahon at almost every point, was now on a slump as he gradually lost delegates to McMahon along with any and all funds for his campaign. Visibly frustrated, Simmons publicly claimed that he had more delegates than McMahon but this did him no good in the Convention where he lost the first round of voting. He then forced a primary against McMahon but lost once more, leading to Linda McMahon winning the Republican Party’s support and representation. While she may have won a long battle within the party itself, this wouldn’t translate well when it came to the national elections, where she lost to Blumenthal in the fight to be Connecticut’s next senator.

–Post written by Christie Weisberg, entertainment writer and bartender with Goldstar Bartending. She covers topics such as entertainment, nightlife, TV, fashion, and drinking. Her email address is christie.r.weisberg@optonline.net.

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Smear Campaigns: Fact or Fiction?

In October 2009, the video sharing website Youtube.com was used against Linda’s campaign by one of Dodd’s spokespeople, Colleen Flananagan. In a group of videos, the spokeswoman called out Linda McMahon for being a supporter of the “stimulated rape, public sex and necrophilia” the WWE was accused of promoting in its nightly episodes and pay per view events. Even if the videos were subsequently removed by Youtube.com after receiving some phone calls from WWE, the damage was done and the stain stayed with Linda for the coming months.

Her problems wouldn’t end there, though, as even within the political party she was a member of, internal strife would only give her more pains than gains. Within the Republican Party (GOP), Linda McMahon was considered to be a political outsider, meaning she wouldn’t even get the full support of the party in times of need. She faced criticism from Connecticut based republicans who called her out for her controversial voting record and the fact that she donated a sum of money to the Democrats prior to her running for office. These lead to a lot of speculations and rumors that she would run independently instead, all of which would be unfounded in the following months.

By November 2009, one of Linda’s former colleagues by name of Billy Graham would turn around and publicly attack her campaign. Billy Graham, a former WWE wrestler who was terminated back in 1989, attacked Linda’s personality and campaign, claiming that she was nothing but a hypocrite and a liar for willingly putting men and women like him at risk and denying them of many benefits such as healthcare. He called her out for what he claimed to be some sort of whitewashing; back in his day, wrestlers would willingly cut and bleed themselves to make the show more entertaining but now that she’s running for the US Senate, Linda and the WWE have suddenly become advocates of non-violence. To him, this was highly questionable and personal, since he got infected with Hepatitis C during a fight and he got no help from the WWE in this personal battle of his. The McMahon campaign then attacked him as well, calling him a liar too in response to his claims but all of this was settled in few weeks’ time when both sides sent apology letters to each other, leading to Bill Graham withdrawing all of his previous statements.

Her greatest opponent, though, would be her own Republican ally by name of Rob Simmons, who was also her rival for the Republican Primary. In their fight for to be the representative of the party, both sides resorted to negative campaigning, where McMahon called Simmons a “fraud” while Simmons called out McMahon for supposed incompetency as former CEO of the WWE wherein under her watch, steroid abuse and a lot of politically incorrect moments were left unchecked. McMahon also claimed that Simmons was only using the conservative ideals of the Tea Party as cover since he didn’t really believe in them while Simmons would continue to attack McMahons’ time in the WWE, especially when it came to the way Eugene, a mentally handicapped wrestler, was humiliated on live television. The black propaganda campaign got so bad that by early 2010, the Republican Party itself began to distance itself from Simmons’ attacks.

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Who is Linda McMahon?

Linda McMahon will always be remembered amongst wrestling fans as the wife of the famous Vince McMahon, the man responsible for the creation of the highly influential multinational media juggernaut known as the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). Thanks to her help, the company rose to heights never before imagined, transforming the originally smalltime sports show on television into a genre defining business company. She took command of the company for a time as the WWE’s CEO and expanded the company’s influence even more through merchandise and promotions until the year 2009, where she decided that ruling the wrestling industry wasn’t enough. For her, there was more to her already successful life than just dominating the wrestling ring. For Linda, the next frontier to be conquered was the United States Senate.

Back in August 2009, Linda McMahon announced her candidacy as the Republican Party’s representative in the Connecticut senate race through her spokesperson. Her campaign trail would begin here, when she decided that she could do a senator’s duties better than the (then) incumbent Democrat Connecticut senator, Christopher Dodd, whose rating were on a slump at the time. Even when her husband Vince assumed her CEO duties in the WWE, wrestling fans and critics alike thought all of this was just a publicity stunt engineered to get more ratings until her team started airing ads and public service announcements on both television and radio proclaiming her candidacy.

Using her experience in the business sector as former head of the WWE and the help of John McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign aid Ed Patru, Linda McMahon started her campaign with a media blitz, where she announced both her intentions and her criticisms of the way things were being ran at the time. Ranging from calling out the Senate for its connection to the controversial Wall Street and bailouts in the aftermath of the Recession to the senate’s passing of the $800 billion stimulus package, Linda left no stone unturned when it came to attacking her opponents. Everything Linda and her team did was organized and planned out well, as they followed their own strategies and patterns but no amount of preparation would have prepared them for what was to come in the following months.

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