Republican Linda McMahon’s qualifications for the US Senate are ostensibly tied to job creation and success as a businesswoman in a rags-to-riches story. Voters might expect to see the fruits of that success in her biography or TV commercials letting the people of Connecticut know exactly what type of jobs she created. At the very least, voters should be able to look up that information. Guess again. The WWE, McMahon’s business empire, has embarked on a video cleansing of evidence of what her business is/was all about.
Voters should be concerned about this move by the WWE as yet another attempt by McMahon to run a stealth campaign. The video of McMahon’s business was widely shown during her $55 million failed campaign against now-US Sen. Richard Blumenthal: A female wrestler being told to strip and “bark like a dog”; McMahon herself kicking a man in the groin; a character and storyline involving a mentally challenged wrestler who is ridiculed; simulated sex; simulated necrophilia,, and on and on. If this is the stuff upon which the candidate has built her empire and qualifies her as a “job creator,” why scrub it from existence?
The WWE, which has claimed multiple times to not be involved in the Senate race despite all evidence to the contrary, said through a spokesman, “For years WWE has produced programming that is rated PG in primetime, and most recently rated G on Saturday mornings…To better reflect our current family-friendly brand of entertainment, WWE is removing some dated and edgier footage from digital platforms.” But it’s not the current brand of entertainment upon which McMahon’s success was built—she makes much of the fact that he no longer runs the WWE. It was built on the nasty type of material that until now was evident in platforms such as YouTube.
If a candidate claims her fitness for the US Senate is based on a storybook personal and business success story, then that business should be open to examination. Anything less is dishonest.
And by the way, they can’t scrub away the fact that one of McMahon’s “stars” was arrested three times in three days by Branford police for domestic violence.