Revelation of facts continue to call into question the credibility of Republican US Senate candidate and former wrestling executive Linda McMahon. She topped the GOP field in the last Qunnipiac poll but it’s generally agreed it is because of her TV presence (chief rival Ron Simmons has done no TV advertising as of yet).

McMahon started out on a generally high note as far as credibility by surrounding herself with some of the finest political people in the state. But all the TV advertising in the world and a combination of James Carville and Karl Rove cannot get her away from questions about her honestly.

The latest blow comes from an examination of a questionnaire she filled out just before Gov. Jodi Rell nominated her to the state Board of Education. Her explanation for seemingly deceptive answers on the form are lame at best. It was a case of “put the shovel down.” The disclosure of even the existence of the questionnaire came from the Hartford Courant’s Jon Lender:,0,2921832.column

Prior to the “questionnaire incident” was a story that got little attention. McMahon has been taking heat now and again for dipping into the wheel barrel full of money and donating some of it to prominent Democrats. The Shad happens to think to whom McMahon donated money before she entered politics herself is pretty much a non-issue. However how she answers questions about it is an issue.

Appearing on John Dankosky’s excellent WNPR radio show “Where We Live,” McMahon answered the question of a caller about her political donation to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. She said the donation stemmed from a relationship with Emanuel’s brother, Ari.

MCMAHON: “When he then came up the ladder in the Democratic party, I really still didn’t know who Rahm Emanuel was, but Ari called and said ‘My brother’s going to be in town and he hasn’t met you’ – this was in 2006 – ‘And he would like to meet you, and quite frankly, he’s probably going to put the arm on you again.’ So Rahm came by my offices in Stamford, and that’s when I did contribute to the DCCC.”

At the time, Emanuel was the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and had been serving in congress since 2002. Prior to that, he was a senior advisor to President Bill Clinton.

Anyone with a passing interest in government or politics, particularly someone who must have at least considered running for office at that time, would know who Rahm Emanuel is—or should. Again, that makes her either dishonest or painfully clueless.


Baseball season is underway and all is right with the world—at least today. The Red Sox beat the Yankees (my fingers fill with glee when I type that) after an impressive pre-game ceremony that included Mr. Red Sox Johnny Pesky being escorted to the first baseline by a beautiful young lady. The Shad had the pleasure of meeting Mr.Pesky at spring training in Ft. Meyers a few years back and from what I can tell, even at his age, he is quite the charmer with the ladies.

Baseball can be a dangerous game—for family members. Minnesota’s Denard Span’s mother was in her box seats with 20 family members and friends, to watch her son lead off for the Twins a few weeks ago, also in spring training. Span hit a hard foul ball that struck his mom in the upper chest. She was treated by paramedics and back in the stands minutes later.
“Tell everyone that I’m all right,” Wanda Wilson told The Associated Press. “Everyone was so worried, he was so worried. But I’m all right. We had just gotten there. It happened so fast, you couldn’t do anything,” she said. “I was kind of in awe. But God is good, I’m OK.”
According to FOX News, Wilson was wearing a Span jersey and sitting a few rows off the field, near the Twins’ third-base dugout. In the first inning against the New York Yankees, Span took a late swing on the sixth pitch of the game and sent a line drive that hit his mother near the shoulder (is it a sign that this near tragedy happened when the Yankees were involved?)
“As the ball was in the air, I realized that it was going after my mom,” Span said after arriving back at Twins’ headquarters in Fort Myers. “When I saw her go down, I just couldn’t do nothing but go after her.”
Span ran into the packed stands and stayed with his mother while she got treatment. Shaken, she’d start to tear up. “That’s what hurt me the most, when she started crying,” Span said. The Twins were more than happy to let him go and the mother and son spent time together for the rest of the afternoon.
Hall of Famer Bob Feller heard about the Span accident and recalled the time he threw a pitch that was fouled off and hit his mom—on Mother’s Day!
“She was sitting right next to the dugout at Comiskey Park in Chicago,” the 91-year-old Feller said at Cleveland’s camp. “It hit her right above the eye, broke her glasses and she needed seven stitches. It was in 1939. Some Mother’s Day for her, wasn’t it? I was pretty upset, but I had to keep on pitching.”