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Wrestling mogul Linda McMahaon's personal fortune has been significantly depleted this election cycle, as she's worked very hard to remake her image in her ongoing run to be the next senator from Connecticut. Her favorables were in the tank during her initial, unsuccessful bid against Richard Blumenthal. She's poured her personal fortune into attack ads and mailers against Democrat Chris Murphy, and in positive ads intended to rehabilitate her own image. If the polls are any indication, it's working for her.

So the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee is jumping in with a $320,000 ad buy to help Murphy. Here's the ad, which reminds voters of who the "real Linda McMahon" is.

Connecticut voters deserve to know the real Linda McMahon. McMahon laid off 10 percent of her employees—even workers in Connecticut—and didn't pay Medicare, Social Security and unemployment for her wrestlers. But Linda McMahon took home $46 million a year. Now, as a Senate candidate, she's proposing to give herself an up to $7 million tax cut. Linda McMahon takes care of herself, no matter who pays the price.
That's a good reminder to Connecticut voters as to why they overwhelmingly rejected her last time she tried to buy a Senate seat. As is this story about how brazenly dishonest and deceptive her campaign can be. She's using a tiny fragment of a quote American University lecturer and author of Why Congress Matters Ilona Nickels gave to Hearst Connecticut Newspapers in a fact check of a McMahon ad about Murphy's committee meetings attendance record. Ms. Nickels said, “Every failure to attend can’t be chalked up to, he’s a lazy SOB. He doesn’t want to do his work. He’s a slacker. [...] Members are overtaxed.” The part McMahon used in the mailer:
CT-Sen Misleading Linda McMahon mailer
Goal ThermometerNickels sent a sternly-worded email to the McMahon campaign, demanding that they "cease and desist using my words in such a blatant out of context and dishonest manner" that is harming her professional, academic reputation. To which the McMahon campaign gave a virtual raspberry, and "stood by the main message of the mailer."

Classy. McMahon's a lot like the guy at the top of her ticket. Willing to say or do or spend anything just to get elected. Connecticut's senate seat needs a serious upgrade from Lieberman. As unbelievable as it is to write these words, McMahon would be even worse.

We can't let that happen.

Please send Chris Murphy $3 on ActBlue.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 01:21 PM PDT.

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  •  Only think missing is that she's trying to buy (13+ / 0-)

    the election.  Could have added "She made $46M for herself, and has self-funded $70M plus so far in trying to buy a Senate seat".  

    We have a greed with which we have agreed. -Eddie Vedder "Society"

    by Jacoby Jonze on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 01:25:25 PM PDT

  •  An admirably succinct ad. (7+ / 0-)

    Hope it runs continuously until Smackdown Day.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 01:26:38 PM PDT

  •  Now is the Time (7+ / 0-)

    for Blumenthal to start helping Chris Murphy.  I live in CT.  I get a McMahan mailer at least twice a week and nothing from Chris Murphy.  In addition there are McMahan Commercials on nearly every Network and Cable channel multiple times a night.  Murphy does have one ad that plays intermittently.

    One other comment, McMahan has visited the town I live in and the towns around me incessantly.  Murhoy has yet to appear anywhere in my town.  I live in Larson's district and shes killing Murphy in my area.

  •  This is nothing (16+ / 0-)

    Have you looked at the mortality rate for employees of the WWE?

    You notice there is no union for pro wrestlers, even though there job is every bit as risky as football players?

    You think it is because no pro wrestler tried to organize? No it is because nothing goes on in the wrestling industry without the approval or at least tolerance of the McMahons.


    This does not include the long list of investigations of rampant drug use, sexual harassment lawsuits, etc...also every other failure outside of wrestling that family has tried.

    All while Linda McMahon was CEO.

    This is ad is meek compared to the ammunition that is out there.

    I use to have one defense of that family, they are only entertainers, not political leaders. Well Mrs. McMahon has crossed that line. Because our Senate has more then enough of the crap that Linda brings to the table, it does not need anymore.

    Murphy you better get ready to rumble.

    •  I wrote about this at length in 2010. (10+ / 0-)

      CT-SEN: Linda McMahon and the Death of Lance Cade:

      I've often made the comment in stories about former WWE CEO Linda McMahon's Senate bid that any focus on the in-ring misogyny and other content was besides the point.  To borrow a phrase from James Carville, it's the deaths, stupid.

      And sure, I've referenced studies on pro wrestling's high death rate for its young athletes -- far worse than, say, professional football and similar pursuits.  But I haven't been able to explain in full how the culture and lifestyle of the WWE -- choices McMahon and her husband made in terms of which performers would be promoted and how grueling of a physical schedule they were told to endure -- forced so many of these independent contractors into a vicious cycle of performance-enhancing drugs and painkiller abuse, leading to premature deaths.

      Recently-released WWE performer Lance McNaught ("Lance Cade") died last week of heart failure at the age of 29.  That's right -- 29 -- an age at which no one should be dying of heart failure.

      A pseudonymous writer for Deadspin, "The Masked Man," picks up the tale...

      •  You were on point (7+ / 0-)

        Linda McMahon thrived in an industry where the worst elements of DC politics are considered virtues.

        When people talk about the Kabuki theater that takes place in the Senate and House, that is not a compliment.

        And she can not pass this off all on her husband, she is the CEO, she owns everything that is attached to their company, the good and the bad (more of the latter then the former).

        I have enjoyed pro wrestling in my day and I give it as wide a berth as the film industry (can't disparage one and not the other) but I bet you if some actor just walked into the ring and demanded to be given the title (like Andy Kauffman pretended to do) would that not be an insult to the profession of the McMahons, to assume it is that easy.

        How is the Senate different, where do thsee arrogant jerks get off thinking they can just stroll on in and do a job where you make life or death decisions without at least paying your dues. Linda, Mitt, Donald, Herman... do you have so little regard for this country that you would subject it to the punishment of being under your leadership.

        That it's it I am done for today.  

    •  I've been saying this all along, even in 2010... (9+ / 0-)

      ...Murphy ought to roll-call every WWE star who died before the age of 50, to show that working with McMahon is extremely bad for your health, and could leave you with conditions debilitating enough that you even put your own families at risk (consider the tragedy of Chris Benoit).

      If he runs an ad with a list and photos of WWE superstars who have died young (and what they died from), or are living with the painful consequences of working and performing for the WWE, he'll turn things around.  And let's not forget, this organization tolerated the use of performance-enhancing drugs even after pro sports started their initial crackdowns back in the 1990s.

  •  It wasn't till Linda started running for office (8+ / 0-)

    that the WWE decided to start paying for the Rehab of many of the wrestlers that worked for them. Coincidence, I think not.

  •  Exposed?! Puhlease. nt (2+ / 0-)
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    Fuck Big Brother...from now on, WE'RE watching.

    by franklyn on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:32:43 PM PDT

  •  her employees have a high death rate (3+ / 0-)

    we should be talking about that.

  •  factcheckers are banned from RedState (2+ / 0-)
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    Sanity checking has been banned by the GOP

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:35:39 PM PDT

  •  Yikes, 2 political donations in 5 minutes. (3+ / 0-)
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    I better stop for now.

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:35:45 PM PDT

  •  Glad to see a front page diary not about Mitt (2+ / 0-)
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    It was getting overdone today. The Presidential race is won. It's mostly entertainment at this point. The question is whether Obama will have a Congress he can govern with. It's time to put boots and money on the ground for down-ballot races.

  •  Its about time... I saw that ad this morning. (3+ / 0-)
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    I wonder if Jerry "The King" Lawlor has health insurance.

    Jerry “The King” Lawler, who suffered a heart attack during WWE’s “Monday Night Raw,” is in critical but stable condition, recovering from coronary angioplasty in the Cardiac Care Unit of a Montreal hospital.

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

    by CTMET on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:46:01 PM PDT

  •  Connecticut is scaring me. (4+ / 0-)

    I can see Arizona electing a Linda McMahon, but not Connecticut.

    Remember, you can't have crazy without az.

    by Desert Rose on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:47:59 PM PDT

  •  So far I've written diaries about the MA, WI, NV, (3+ / 0-)
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    IN & AZ races.  Mr. Murphy is going to get a great diary from me.

  •  How many millions will Linda pay for a Senate seat (3+ / 0-)
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    The last time around, Linda McMahon spent upwards of $55 million dollars, not just on wall to wall advertising, but also for investigations and oppo research to find places where Richard Blumenthal had misspoken -- or where some pressure could be brought to change the narrative falsely.

    The NY Times, neutral on the surface, bent as it did in favor of Joe for Joe Lieberman in the smear campaign against the Democrat Ned Lamont, misleading Democrats and contributing to a narrow win, courtesy of Republican votes, for Joe for Joe. Not a victory for moderates or the electorate, but for Joe for Joe, perhaps the most selfish member of the senate in terms of personal ego.

    Now Linda has been running positive ads, hokey and contrived and probably effective, making her out to be just one of us. Which she's not. I don't mind drugs so much (not that I indulge in fun drugs), but I'm sort of opposed to the weird stuff that alters your body and turns you into the Angry Hulk. Like Mr. Linda McMahon, Vince, once again CEO of the the Rasslin Idjits Enterprise, aka WWE,

    We need to kick the shit out of Linda and elect Chris. I'm not going to contribute $3, because I've already done more an intend as a nutmegger to max out on contributions and do whatever else I can to elect Chris. But this, guys, is one where we need help from outside.

    What is an office worth. Chris Shays, a relatively decent man who used to be my congressman before Jim Himes was able to win, was swamped by the McMahon money machine even thought early polls showed he was most likely to run the strongest race against Chris Murphy. Why did Chris loose? Because McMahon spent $50 for every $1 that Chris could raise and spend. Secondly because she said for a second time, she would finance her own campaign completely. They love that because they're skinflints and, let's face it, she's the one who wants to buy it.

    Give us a hand and maybe we can kick this worthless piece of trash out of the rassling ring and politics. Send Chris some coin, please. And ask the question. Meg Whitman spent more than $100 million in a fruitless effort to win the California governor's chair. Carly Fiorina spent a bunch for a Senate Seat.

    So far, no one has spent so much per vote anywhere in the United States as Linda McMahon.

    But really, $65 million plus for a single Senate seat in a state with less than 4 million population.

    Screw her by sending money to Chris.

  •  I loathe her yet I see that her ads are effective. (2+ / 0-)
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    They run in NYC all of the time. If you don't know her true story, she seems like a nice, kind family woman trying to do the best for all. I think people have a predisposition to trust women and she's a blond haired, blue-eyed woman who always positions herself next to large men in the ads so she seems "strong yet vulnerable". I see why her ads are working and it gives me goosebumps and fills me with disgust. I see her ads all of the time and have never seen even one ad for Chris Murphy...not one. This is the Tri-state ad buy market so I should see them if they are running and I don't think they are.  

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:53:11 PM PDT

  •  thank you for this diary (2+ / 0-)
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    i'm one of chris's volunteers. he's a great guy. maybe some of you met him at nn12?

    linda mcmahon is disgusting. i don't know what i'll do if she wins. i really don't. we can't let it happen.

    "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

    by thankgodforairamerica on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:56:31 PM PDT

  •  At Least the NY Times Isn't Helping McMahon . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    This time.

    I miss Speaker Pelosi :^(

    by howarddream on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:59:10 PM PDT

  •  Thanks Joan (0+ / 0-)

    This is a race that we could lose, a D seat in the Senate that we could lose and all the noise, all the outside agitation we can get will help.
    Good news that the DSCC is jumping in, the bad news is that that figure is 1% of what Linda will spend!
    1/100 !
    Anyone that wants to dig, just a little bit, can find all kinds of stuff to write about, Linda is a target rich environment.
    Spread the word.
    And thanx again.

  •  Thanks for this post (0+ / 0-)

    Just gave $35 to the campaign. I am a New Yorker and sometimes I lose sight of the important races happening close to my neck of the woods. I have seen Mr. Murphy on television, and he came across as very smart, decent, and definitely someone I want in the Senate. I am hopeful he will make his mark and win. I presume there are debates, or some means to expose in a very clear manner how foolish/venal/unfit this woman is for high office. I remain hopeful..!

  •  Are Murphy supporters responding to GOP radio? (0+ / 0-)

    This race is a big one and Murphy is going to get hit hard  by goper radio. While citizens united puts in the money, RW radio is not only free for them it is often endorsed  by many US universities.

    The think tanks coordinated with the GoP will keep alll RW stations in Connecticut pounding on Murphy. Basically for free, endorsed by the university of Connecticut.

    Murphy headquarters needs to know what's happening locally    
    Rove types will run a lineup of RW station attack Murphy along with their regular daily attacks on anything not fascist corporate.

    A friend of mine has developed a relationship with a local RW station and calls regularly and gets through. He avoids personal attacks at the local RW blowhards ( I can't do it) and ends up telling thousands of voters what they're hearing is bulshit.

     Murphy supporters-- get his back by monitoring local talk radio. Transcription software, a few computers, BFD

    Connecticut dems can't say they're getting Murphy's back without doing something about local talk radio.

    One thing for sure, Romney is the talk radio candidate and he just showed the idiot bandwagon hes been riding is going off a cliff. Unfortunately it's dragging much of the country with it because talk radio gets a free speech free ride.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 07:50:10 PM PDT

  •  I got surveyed by an obvious McMahon push poll (0+ / 0-)

    Sample Q:  If you knew that Linda McMahon provided health care for all her employees, would you be more or less likely to vote for her?

    A:  Less, because she's a fraud.

    Q: Why?

    A:  Because she is trying to buy the Senate seat.

    Q:  If you knew that Chris Murphy had stopped paying his rent and stopped making his mortgage payments, would you be more or less likely to vote for him?

    A:  More.

    And so the long day wore on....

  •  I couldn't agree more as a Connecticut people (0+ / 0-)

    I've contributed to Chris Murphy - he's a good guy, but he is looking at someone who so far as been willing to spend at leasdt $65 million to buy herself a new job.

    Maybe Vince, her steroided husband will have to stand in line to see her. Ask for a few favors for the multi-billion business that's provided her with the cash to pay for two stunningly expensive campaigns.

    On a human scale, this is roughly 10 times more money per voter than the obscene amount that Meg Whitman spent to run for governor in California. Want a tax break? if you've got enough money, buy a Senate seat. If you don't succeed, buy it again.

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