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Tuesday's win for Republican Linda McMahon was all over the media yesterday and as usual, the MSM was talking about her relationship to WWE. They missed the real issue. I don't care about the "soap opera elements" concerning the WWE and steroids. I'm more interested in her explaining her disregard for employee safety and why she abdicated her responsibility when she served on Connecticut's State Board of Education to review a student athletes' safety law.

Successfully taking the WWE from a small business to what it is today is a great accomplishment and you don't grow that big without being a bit hard nosed. What I'm concerned with is what is she willing to sacrifice for success?

To start, I'd ask:

Ms. McMahon, does the prospect of becoming a Senator have any impact on how you view employee safety? Student safety?

I'd follow up with:

Ms. McMahon, as a Senator, would you support greater safeguards protecting student athletes, all athletes for that matter, from sports related head injuries?

Ms. McMahon, here's a clip of an interview you did with CNN

Ms. McMahon that's what both you and your husband said then,

How does your view differ from your husband's view on repetitive head trauma?

Ms. McMahon, have you revised your position on repetitive brain injuries?

Ms. McMahon, how much science do you need before you will agree that repeated head injuries lead to permanent damage?

Ms. McMahon, can you explain as the former head of WWE, why scientific evidence that repeated head trauma leads to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE was ignored?

Ms. McMahon, can you explain why WWE doesn't follow the NFL on head injury policies to protect WWE athletes?

Professional wrestling is scripted entertainment where the employee's play roles and is different than boxing or mixed martial arts in that way. Despite the scripting and the planned outcomes, the wrestlers do sustain sports injuries like any other professional athlete.

Ms. McMahon, could you explain why the WWE waited until March 2010 to ban chair shots to the head? Why didn't you ban this move when you were CEO of WWE?

Ms. McMahon, could you explain why your wellness program focused on steriod use and didn't include head injuries while you headed up the WWE?

Why did it take until the Spring of this year for the WWE to implement the ImPACT concussion management program when the scientific evidence was piling up years ago?

I have no trouble with McMahon heading up a huge company. What I have a problem with is her denial of scientific, peer reviewed data that points toward a policy change and she blew it. She chose her self-interest over the well being of her employees. She knew or should have known repetitive head injuries is detrimental to her employees and failed to use that knowledge in her policy making public role as a member of Connecticut's State Board of Education. It's fair to assume she will continue to have tunnel vision should she win the Senate seat.

We have an example of how McMahon will behave should she win the Senate seat and Connecticut deserves better.

A man who served an unprecedented 5th term as Connecticut's Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal will do a better job.

Originally posted to JDWolverton on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 08:23 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar for the defeat of Linda McMahon... (24+ / 0-)

    which is going to be an expensive race for Richard Blumenthal.

    Here's a link to Richard Blumenthal's contribution page.

    If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

    by JDWolverton on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 07:43:16 AM PDT

    •  The quality of the WWE has gone to shit (1+ / 0-)
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      They've been toneing down the show to avoid contraversy, and the show sucks now. TNA is far superior these days.

      Just when they think they've got the answer, I change the question. -Roddy Piper

      by McGirk on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 09:49:08 AM PDT

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  •  Love me some Blumenthal (6+ / 0-)

    I realize this makes many Kossack heads explode, but as a Lyme patient, his standing up for patients' rights against special interests has been on of a few bright spots in contending with a long un-diagnosed, crippling disease.

    "Now that I have a disease that doesn't exist, nothing surprises me." --John commenting on LymePolicyWonk 8/4/10

    by MsGrin on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 08:31:15 AM PDT

  •  Republicans are in favor of brain damage. (17+ / 0-)

    Where else are they going to get their voters from?

    Barack Obama in the Oval Office: There's a black man who knows his place.

    by Greasy Grant on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 08:37:35 AM PDT

  •  The media will (2+ / 0-)
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    m16eib, JDWolverton

    never ask these questions. Even the DNC PR guy on Bill Press this morning wasn't bringing the issues you have in this diary up.....he was awful in his line of attack against McMahon.....he kept saying someting about people don't want woman that bark at dogs.....I was driving so half listening as I was yelling at the radio so....

    NYT had an article about her last month...wrestlers are terrified to go against her...Venturo tried to get some effort going and couldn't...

    Stand your grounds. Espresso yourself.

    by coffejoe on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 08:42:29 AM PDT

    •  Well, maybe, just maybe, Bill Press and (0+ / 0-)

      others like maybe Ed Schultz, could get a clue that this is her jelly spot.

      Linda McMahon has a poor record on child safety. I see no other explanation for her behavior on the State board of Education....unless it was because her lawyers told her anything she said at that meeting would be used against WWE in a liability case.

      Yeah, money trumps morality again.

      If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

      by JDWolverton on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 08:47:18 AM PDT

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    •  Just guessing but... (1+ / 0-)
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      If your name were coffeejane instead of coffeejoe you might get a little more of a negative tug in the back of your mind when it comes to the degradation of women.

      Like I said, just a guess.

      But this from JDW is another great line of attack that can and should be continued. Worker safety, both related with injuries in wrestling and also in the abuse of steroids. And the effects it has on people that follow her special brand of "entertainment" wrapped in violence and sex and marketed to kids.

      ePluribus Media
      Collaboration is contagious!

      by m16eib on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 10:02:14 AM PDT

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  •  Why not invest in attacking her right wing (4+ / 0-)

    economic ideas?

    The WWE angle will get very old, very, very fast.

    •  That's a good idea too, but my expertise is in (4+ / 0-)
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      NMRed, m16eib, trashablanca, Blicero

      health care, public health, health statistics and I decided to stay with what I know best.

      I do economic diaries occasionally, but they take longer for me to write, because the fact checking takes longer. I am going to write a diary about her ridiculous idea for health care cost controls. In a nutshell she thinks tort reform is all that needs to happen. She has no clue that tort reform is the straw man argument that shields the real health care issues of cost shifting and fee for service reimbursements.

      If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

      by JDWolverton on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 08:51:18 AM PDT

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      •  Yeah, sorry, didn't mean to be snippy (4+ / 0-)

        I agree, the stuff you covered IS an issue.

        It's just draw dropping to me that a super wealthy woman can run on a platform of cutting taxes for the wealthy, slashing spending AND get normal people to vote for her.

        It is beyond pathetic.

        •  it's ok, you had a valid question. (2+ / 0-)
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          Sometimes, the written word looks snippier or snarkier than was meant. I thought you were just asking a simple question and didn't want to clutter up the simplicity.

          If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

          by JDWolverton on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 09:07:24 AM PDT

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        •  what was amazing was WHO ran in CT's r primary (2+ / 0-)
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          someone on cable listed the three repubs who ran...

          not sure if I got it right but they were ALL multi millionares who either had ties to wallstreet or were ceos of major corps.  HOW do they fool all those people in the teaparty into voting for them???

          these teaparty people SCREAM that they want their country back from wallstreet types and then go out and vote more of them into office <sigh>   there are no words....

          "can you please continue the petty bickering...I find it most intriguing" DATA

          by KnotIookin on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 09:23:06 AM PDT

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    •  But ... but ... but ... according to the TP, (0+ / 0-)

      Linda McMahon is a {gasp} LIBRUL:

      I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. -- Susan B Anthony

      by NoMoJoe on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 09:39:10 AM PDT

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      •  I'm surprised it didn't mention the one issue (0+ / 0-)

        that is likely to cause her trouble with Republicans. She's Pro-Choice.

        If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

        by JDWolverton on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 09:53:21 AM PDT

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  •  Severe head trauma leads to more Repubs (2+ / 0-)
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    So its all good.
    Dear Ms McMahon, if elected Senator, will your cloak room negotiating style mimic your preference for kicking men in the balls on WWE events? Does Harry Reid need to have concern?

    •  Nobody ever went broke understimating (1+ / 0-)
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      the intelligence of the American public. ~ Tip of the hat to Mr. Mencken.

      "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex" Dwight D. Eisenhower

      by bobdevo on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 09:33:44 AM PDT

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  •  Another question: (3+ / 0-)
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    Can you smell what the Rock is cooking?

  •  heres my question.... (1+ / 0-)
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    JDWolverton

    how can a filthy rich CEO of a FANTASY biz based on fake violence for money going to be able to understand anything about the problems of REAL people going under for the 3rd time in our depressed economy...

    "can you please continue the petty bickering...I find it most intriguing" DATA

    by KnotIookin on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 09:18:23 AM PDT

  •  Thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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    As I have no vote, it is great that you have moved to issues of substance.  

    Now to get the actual voter's to understand how her business decisions may affect her future decisions that affect their own children is a great idea.

  •  WWE is an ongoing criminal enterprise. (2+ / 0-)
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    Tracker, JDWolverton

    The McMahons should be under RICO investigation for drugs, income tax fraud and mostly like a couple of hundred attendant felonies.

    "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex" Dwight D. Eisenhower

    by bobdevo on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 09:31:59 AM PDT

  •  I'm no sports fan. (1+ / 0-)
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    My uncle was one of the Ironmen of '39 at Iowa.  You'd think that I'd be a big fan of football, but we got overdosed on it in a hurry.  I just don't see the point of any activity that essentially guarantees that the participants will end up with truncated or disabled lives after a short participation time.  It seems so silly to me.  There are plenty of threats to life and health that are unavoidable...

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 10:41:06 AM PDT

  •  Sports create many injuries (1+ / 0-)
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    There are so many injuries that doctors can make a living in the specialty.

  •  A doctor doing a state required (1+ / 0-)
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    JDWolverton

    sports physical could advise their patient of available protective measures and equipment.

  •  This is about a Connecticut state bill (0+ / 0-)

    that would require coaches to learn to recognize a concussion and and require a doctor's OK to return to play.

    Do you think any state entity should need a business executive's input to determine if those are good things?

    •  I think she had an obligation to be at the (0+ / 0-)

      meeting to discuss it. A board meeting was called. She was a member of the Board and she didn't show up for it. Was her opinion necessary? Probably not, but I do think her behavior is indicative of what she'll do in the Senate if anything comes up that could possibly give her former company (and source of wealth) liability issues. She has a conflict of interest and will do what it takes to protect WWE first and the people of Connecticut last.

      The law is a no brainer (maybe that was a poor choice of words). I think it's a shame that a law has to be passed to ensure a sensible concussion policy is followed in Connecticut schools. You would think that all schools would already have them in place due to liability issues.

      If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

      by JDWolverton on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 01:05:24 PM PDT

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