Connecticut Republican Linda McMahon is hitting some speed bumps in her campaign for a U.S. Senate seat. The problem? Her past as the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.
Earlier this week, the former wrestling chief was implicated in a lawsuit filed against WWE and now her Tea Party-backed opponent Peter Schiff is piling on the Senate hopeful's racy wrestling past.
"Linda McMahon thought securing the nomination would be a cakewalk. But the more Connecticut voters learn about her, the further her favorable rating plummets," said Schiff on Thursday in a campaign e-mail to supporters. "Wrestling promoter or businessman and economist? The answer may be clear to you and me, but we need to convince every registered Republican in Connecticut that I'm the right choice to face off with Blumenthal in November."
Schiff qualified to take on McMahon in the state's GOP primary earlier this week and it appears he's not wasting any time in taking aim at McMahon over her former WWE leadership position.
Former McMahon primary opponent Rob Simmons signaled last month that the wrestling matter may prove to be the Achilles' heel of the Senate hopeful's campaign. In sizing-up the state's general election match-up, he suggested there's simply no comparison in evaluating the weight of McMahon's dirty laundry against that of Democrat Dick Blumenthal, who had come under fire for misstating his military service record at the time.
Though Simmons ultimately walked back on his criticism, it appears he may have been right when he asserted that Blumenthal may have "exposed a character flaw" in his gaffe; however, McMahon has "countless entertainment products that she'll have to defend, especially when Democrats make them known to the public in coming months."
But McMahon has contended over the course of her campaign that she's not concerned about the graphic nature of the WWE hurting her chances at winning in November. According to Ed Patru, a spokesman for the GOP contender, "Every American understands the difference between scripted TV entertainment and real life betrayal of trust by Washington politicians."
An ad released by McMahon's camp earlier this week conveyed a similar message to supporters of the Senate hopeful. "Before I decided to run for the Senate, I had a regular job," says McMahon in the one-minute long spot. "Okay, maybe not a regular job, I was the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, a soap opera that entertains millions every week and everyone gets in on the action. That isn't real, but our problems are."
The ad from McMahon's camp may or may not be genuine in its message, but the timing of its release raises fresh questions about whether the WWE could ultimately be the fatal blow that knocks down the Connecticut Republican's Senate ambitions.
WATCH: McMahon: 'Before I Decided To Run For Senate, I Had A Regular Job'