June 25th, 2010
12:55 PM ET
8 years ago

McMahon launches first ad referencing WWE

 Linda McMahon is out with a new ad featuring clips from World Wrestling Entertainment.

Linda McMahon is out with a new ad featuring clips from World Wrestling Entertainment.

(CNN) - Connecticut Senate candidate Linda McMahon is up with a new ad - the first in which she acknowledges her 30-year tenure as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.

"Before I decided to run for the Senate, I had a regular job," McMahon says before a string of hard-hitting wrestling footage is shown. "Okay, maybe not a regular job. I was the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, a soap opera that entertains millions every week."

A few more bodies are thrown around, followed by a clip of McMahon in the ring with a wrestler. The Republican candidate returns to break the news to voters: "That isn't real, but our problems are."

The one-minute ad began airing statewide on Thursday, according to a McMahon campaign spokesperson.

McMahon has come under fire from Democrats in her state for the WWE's lax drug-testing policy in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Stringent testing resumed in 2006 after a high-profile wrestler linked to anabolic steroids died.

"Linda McMahon calls the WWE's programming a 'soap opera' in her latest ad, but McMahon is kidding herself if she thinks she can portray the very real impact of pervasive steroid abuse, violence-fueled programming, and abusive treatment of women – all of which she marketed to children – as an illusion," Kate Hansen, communications director for the Connecticut Democratic Party, said in a statement.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal holds a 20-point lead over McMahon, according to a June 10 Quinnipiac University poll.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Dave

    She is a joke as an on TV personaility, and she would be the butt of the joke in the Senate

    June 25, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Howard Levine

    WOW!! When is Stone Cold Steve Austin running in Texas. I wouold certainly hope that we wouldn't turn a political seat over to the WWE instead of the State Attorney General. I would love to know what the turncoat Senator Joe Lieberman thinks.

    June 25, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Republicans is smart in the head area

    If this is the best the Republicans can offer for a Senatorial candidate, I can't see how they can be taken seriously as a political party.

    June 25, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Mesa Mick

    "...a soap opera that entertains millions every week."

    First it was Rasslin', now she's replaced that with the GObP, the Tea Baggers, Sister Sarah and SC.

    Talk about knowing how to entertain the millions that belong to "Idiot America". This woman really know how to pick 'em...

    June 25, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |