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WWE says Democrats being hypocritical

October 14, 2010 |  1:52 pm


You loved us when you came on our shows to ask for votes.

That's what World Wrestling Entertainment is saying in response to attacks about its content from Democrats who are supporting Richard Blumenthal in the Connecticut Senate race. Blumenthal, who is Connecticut's attorney general, is running against Linda McMahon, wife of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and until recently the company's chief executive.

In a news release, the WWE noted that President Obama has appeared on its programming, as have Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. Others who have participated in WWE-backed events include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco).

"Therefore, current negative criticisms concerning WWE from some groups would seem to be inconsistent and hypocritical including the recent ad paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee," the release said.

The WWE is responding to a blistering advertisement from the DSCC, which says that under Linda McMahon's watch, the WWE violated safety standards, tolerated drug use and "inserted death clauses in workers' contracts in order to avoid responsibility for their deaths."

We're guessing Blumenthal won't be on any WWE shows any time soon.

-- Joe Flint

Photo: Richard Blumenthal and Linda McMahon get ready for a smackdown. Credit: Dana Jensen-Pool / Getty Images