No smackdowns please. But Connecticut voters -- if they wish to -- may wear World Wrestling Entertainment garb to the polls next Tuesday without being turned away as hucksters for Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon.
U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Atherton on Wednesday said WWE togs would not be considered political advertising for McMahon, the former CEO of the professional wrestling organization. She is running against Democrat Richard Blumenthal, the state's attorney general.
McMahon's husband, Vince McMahon, the current CEO of WWE, sued earlier this week to stop poll workers from ordering WWE fans to cover up wrestling apparel when they go to the polls on Nov. 2. State election law bars political advertising within 75 feet of a polling place, but Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz said her directive on enforcing the law had been misunderstood. She only wanted to bar clothing or paraphernalia that solicits for or against a candidate, or a ballot question, she said.
All of this presumably could benefit McMahon, who no doubt expects to get more votes from pro wresting fans than Blumenthal. She could use a boost. A recent Suffolk University poll
showed Blumenthal with a strong double digit lead in the race to succeed Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) who is retiring.
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