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Think that (R) Linda McMahon's wresting connection is a positive with Connecticut voters? Think again.

Father of Chris Benoit:

"The only reason that woman wants to go to Washington is to protect the dollars that WWE makes, to head off any attempt to regulate their industry," said Benoit, who appeared at the same hotel where the widow of another late wrestler, Owen Hart, held a news conference in June to announce plans to file a federal lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment.

Rasmussen poll:

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal again holds a double-digit lead over Republican opponent Linda McMahon in Connecticut’s U.S. Senate race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Connecticut shows the longtime Democratic state official with 56% support, his best showing since early June. McMahon claims 43%of the vote. One percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and another one percent (1%) are undecided.

Q-poll (Blumenthal by 12):

Linda McMahon has tried to raise Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's negatives over the last several weeks, but she hasn't been successful. He remains popular, but McMahon's own negatives have risen above 50 percent. One has to wonder if over the last few weeks McMahon would have been better off spending more of her millions on positive ads."

By a 55 - 39 percent margin, likely voters have a favorable opinion of Blumenthal.

McMahon gets a negative 43 - 51 percent favorability, down from a split 46 - 46 percent favorability October 14.

In their endorsement of Dick Blumenthal yesterday, the CT Post says:

Finally, the history of WWE, its links with steroid and drug use by its wrestlers, the violence and misogyny and untimely deaths, take considerable luster off the McMahon candidacy.

Hartford Courant:

It isn't just her wealth (and her overwhelming mailings) that make her formidable. She magnifies his vulnerabilities — his Vietnam-service misstatements, his litigious bent toward business, his stiff style on stage. She minimizes her own — lax drug policies and degrading imagery at the company she and her husband own — as byproducts of the entertainment business.

The unflappable Mrs. McMahon makes no apologies for a fortune earned from fake fights in a bawdy ring. Or for clearly being out for her own interests — lower taxes and less regulation — which, she would argue, Calvin Coolidge-style, are good for creating jobs in the worst times since the Great Depression.

Want a laugh?

"I think Mr. Blumenthal has really tried to focus in only saying that WWE does not treat its performers well, when in fact, WWE treats its performers incredibly well and it wants to make sure that those men and women in the ring are protected," [McMahon] said.

Well, she'll be gone from the political scene in a week. But her wresting issues? They'll be around for a while. Ask Mr. Benoit and Mrs. Hart.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 08:30 AM PDT.

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