Democrats didn't waste any time before taking aim at Linda McMahon's racy wrestling past after the former WWE queen swiped the Republican nomination for Senate in Connecticut over the weekend and GOP contender Rob Simmons subsequently dropped out from the race.
“We now likely have a race in Connecticut between a crusading attorney general with a long record of delivering for Connecticut families and a wrestling mogul who made her millions peddling violence to kids, hiding widespread steroid abuse, and sending her employees into dangerous situations in exchange for their glory and her profit," the DSCC said in statement e-mailed reporters on Tuesday morning.
The assault from Democrats on McMahon wrestling past is likely to be the first of many the party hurls at Republican contender over the course of the Senate race.
Shortly after McMahon launched her Senate bid, Talking Points Memo reported
on a sampling of "generally gross" videos unearthed by Connecticut Dems offering a glimpse into the graphic world of pro-wrestling:
the Connecticut Democratic Party sent reporters links to WWE videos they say objectify women. Among the videos are wrestlers engaged in a simulated rape, a public sex scene and one depicting a wrestler having sex with a corpse. Warning, the video clips are very much not safe for work.
"As WWE Chief [Executive] Officer, Linda McMahon presided over programming that showed simulated rape, public sex and necrophilia, and now she wants to be our U.S. Senator? People across this state, not to mention the millions of women who are the victims of sexual violence every year, would be horrified and embarrassed to know that the person who seeks to represent them condones this kind of behavior," state party spokeswoman Colleen Flanagan said of the violent and sexually explicit content in a statement. "That kind of programming has no place in our society, and Linda McMahon has no place in the U.S. Senate."
At the time, a McMahon spokesman dismissed the attack from Democrats and defended the former WWE CEO turned Senate candidate by saying, "Every American understands the difference between scripted TV entertainment."
-- ELYSE SIEGEL