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Via the AP:

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., the sports entertainment company behind shows such as "Friday Night SmackDown," said Wednesday that Linda McMahon has resigned as its CEO to seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Connecticut Democrat Christopher Dodd.

McMahon's husband, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, will assume her duties as chief executive, the company said in a statement.

Linda McMahon, 60, formally announced her candidacy Wednesday morning. She said Washington is "out of control" and Dodd has "lost his way and our trust."

McMahon is up against three other Republicans — former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, state Sen. Sam Caligiuri and former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley.


So...how many McMahon-centric clips from TV over the years will her opponents use to rake her over the coals?



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
This will not end well.



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See, I think she has a pretty good chance as she has a media outlet (WWE) for free advertising and their business is based out of CT and there are tons of fans who would normally NOT vote who may come out and support her. At the least, I like her chances of winning better than I owuld if Vince were running!!



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One of the problems with her running is that while WWE will make it national exposure, it doesn't mean it will equal more votes on a state level. Its a good thing, she is running in a state where the company employees a bunch of people. I think her odds are better then most, but at the same time, WWE will be even more PG since Vince doesn't want any controversial storylines that the Dems can use against her. The real losers will us fans, who have to sit through a 5-10 minute GOP ad a week on Raw, ECW and Smackdown.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.83
I think there are legal, equal time restrictions to using all the WWE shows as political ads...especially for a race in just one state.

Regardless, the Torch just linked to exactly what I said would happen:

The WWE wing of the GOP?
http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0909/The_WWE_wing_of_the_GOP.html

With a YouTube clip of Linda getting tombstoned by Kane...



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
Jesse Ventura as campaign advisor?

Any Republican is gonna struggle in CT... but man, there's so much baggage in the wrestling world right now. When Linda talks about health care, someone else will chime in about the death rate from her business. And so on. She'll hafta separate herself from the wrestling world early on, and that won't be easy.

Plus, Linda ain't the most charismatic McMahon in the lineup either.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.12
She should've waited four years and ran against Lieberman to bring the PTC thing full circle.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.14
NewsCorp(FoxNews) all excited. They(Foxnews) been attacking Dodd for some time now. It comes as a suprise for me as I thought the WWE was trying to move HQ out of CT?


http://www.foxnews.com/​politics/​2009/​09/​16/​connecticut-​senate-​smackdown-​mcmahon-​eyes-​seat/​?​test=latestnews

(edited by CajunMan on 16.9.09 1151)
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They could get in a lot of hot water quickly if they try to use their TV as a platform for Linda's campaign.

Naturally, I expect them to try anyway.



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Godspeed, men of the 2nd Bn, 127th Infantry, 32d "Red Arrow" Brigade, Wisconsin Army National Guard! Victory in Iraq!

The LA Times likes her chances.

Politics is, as Vince says, all about the monnn-aaaaayyy. And Linda/Vince have pretty deep pockets of their own to bring to the table.

Plus, Linda was the public voice for how many of those "SmackDown Your Vote" appearances? That, and her Wall Street experience, can't hurt.

Now, WWE-wise, her departure means more work for Vince, who some dirtsheets say is already stressing the f*ck out. Could this be a bad thing for WWE's on-screen product?





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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
You know what? I'm really glad that I'll probably be moving out of Connecticut in the next year. I do not welcome an election where my choices are Linda or Dodd.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.33
The entertainment value of this prospect is off the charts. I love these occasional litmus tests to see how far the wrestling industry can try and ingrain itself into the mainstream.
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.14
Another thing is I'm curious the campaign commercials Dodd uses against Linda. I'm guessing it will get negative. You think Dodd will bring up Vince's issues with steroids in the wrestling industry and Benoit?
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.38
Vince as CEO has to be an interim thing. That doesn't seem to me to be long-term sustainable, unless he's giving up other responsibilities. Which I can't imagine.

I wonder what this will do to their stock. Motley Fool, which has been pretty big on WWE, just recently recommended sell, based on their first half comparisons. Linda stepping down won't help their stock price any.
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.45
Read it and weep, fella


    Originally posted by Reverend J Shaft
    I love these occasional litmus tests to see how far the wrestling industry can try and ingrain itself into the mainstream.
I'm already sick of all of the HILARIOUS "slam her political opponents", "down for the count", etc puns I'm reading in the news today.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.62
Jesse had two advantages Linda won't in seeking office - first, Jesse had done a radio talk show for some time in Minnesota before running, which gave him and his political views some level of recognition and exposure with the public. Jesse also ran as an independent, meaning he didn't have to survive a primary fight.

What I don't know well enough to handicap her chances, is the level of support Linda might expect from the state party. Without a base of activists to canvass, target and turnout voters.. and you have to expect that at least Rep. Simmons and State Sen. Caligiuri have local organizations and contacts they plan to rely on. And if it's going to be a largely self-financed 'outsider' run, I think $5 million might be the minimum ante for the primary?

And that's all before we get to her knowledge of the issues, charisma and ability to engage with the voters. Linda seems a very personable sort in conversation, but as we've seen with her addressing larger crowds.. Debate skills? Stump speech? Maybe you can discount her WWE appearances to bad acting.

Prediction: If Linda gets to the general election, Vince will gaffe his way into becoming an issue at some point.



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
    Originally posted by TheOldMan
    Prediction: If Linda gets to the general election, Vince will gaffe his way into becoming an issue at some point.


I know! And it's gonna be so awesome!

I predict a drugs / beastiality storyline.







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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.85
And the key thing for Jesse running as an Independent: It is far easier to get 35% of the vote in a 3 way race than 51% of the vote in a head to head battle. That is why Linda probably has a solid chance in a primary, but is a weak candidate in a general.

(edited by redsoxnation on 16.9.09 2137)
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.79
Her only hope is to be a cool heel like Hollywood Hogan that the audience really gets behind and then the GOP are like the bad guys in charge; nWo but for real.
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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.53


This appearently is Linda McMahon's first political commerical. Nothing that much different from any other political commerical I have seen. The only thing unusual I noticed is how she refered to being a CEO of a "sucessful business" but never bothers to name it (the WWE, or course). Not surprising, I guess, but still a little weird.






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