There’s a reason that former US Senate candidate Republican Rob Simmons left his name on the ballot for the August primary—just in case party-endorsed candidate Linda McMahon imploded. And this just might be happening.

In a long and pretty much frightening story in Bloomberg Businessweek www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/10_24/b4182066684319.htm?campaign_id=magazine_ , McMahon’s answer to a question about steroids and the WWE is particularly troubling. Reporter Andrew Rice writes, “Although there’s been some scaremongering, research has linked steroid use by athletes to liver, cardiac, musculoskeletal, and reproductive system damage, as well as psychiatric effects. When I asked Linda McMahon about the issue, however, she said she shared her husband’s [Vince McMahon’s] doubts. ‘There’s some evidence sometimes of muscle disease, or cardiac disease, but it’s really hard to know because you didn’t know the condition of the performer’s heart, or whatever, prior to,’ she told me. ‘So I still don’t think we know the long-term effects of steroids. They are continuing to study it more and more, but I don’t believe there are a lot of studies out there today that are conclusive.’”

Further, Ted Mann of The Day of New London www.theday.com/article/20100603/INTERACT010403/100609881 gave McMahon spokesman Ed Patru a chance to clear things up. Patru said, “Linda clearly is opposed to illegal drug use. She believes steroid use can have long-term negative physical and psychiatric impact on the body, and those negative impacts obviously are exacerbated with abuse. Furthermore, she supports continuing research on the issue so that the public can better understand the full scope of impact long-term use has on the body. As for the WWE, it has a very clearly defined policy on all illegal drugs, which I’m sure you’ve read.”

Nice try but the damage is done. Add her comments to reports that she gave the heads-up to a WWE doctor that he may be questioned about steroids and that the heat is on makes for questionable suitability for the US Senate. Simmons may be the smartest one in all of this.

Both the Bloomberg story and the clarification to The Day are referenced in the Hartford Courant’s Capitol Watch. http://blogs.courant.com/capitol_watch/