Wrestlers Smack Down McMahon Senate Run
WWE offered no health insurance, made sport seedy, scandal-ridden
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2009 10:40 AM CST
Linda McMahon in 2003.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A raft of former WWE wrestlers hope some well-aimed punches at ex-CEO Linda McMahon will send her Senate campaign to the mat. In addition to not providing health coverage—the wrestlers are independent contractors—they fault McMahon, a Connecticut Republican running for Chris Dodd's seat, for coarsening the spectacle. "The vulgarity, the nudity, the profanity, all that kind of crap," says one. "It bothers me."

“We were out there experiencing trauma and drawing in untold millions for the company,” her loudest detractor, Superstar Billy Graham, who's had six hip replacements, tells Politico. “We should have at least had some sort of health insurance.” Steroid scandals in pro wrestling and early deaths of many wrestlers could hurt McMahon with conservative voters, Politics Daily notes, but she's been climbing in polls since September. She's now second in the GOP field to Rob Simmons, and led Dodd in a head-to-head matchup in a recent poll.