SBD/Issue 38/Law & Politics

Former WWE CEO McMahon Loses Bid For Connecticut Senate Seat

McMahon Says She Will
Not Return To WWE

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal last night defeated former WWE CEO Linda McMahon for the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat, according to Lockhart & Vigdor of the STAMFORD ADVOCATE. Voters "went with the 20-year-plus public servant they knew well, rather than McMahon, the political newcomer who appeared to have been damaged by the negative tone of some of her ads and intense criticism over how she and husband Vince ran WWE" (STAMFORD ADVOCATE, 11/3). In Hartford, Daniela Altimari notes Blumenthal was "led by strong support from women and unaffiliated voters" in his victory over McMahon, who "poured at least $45 million of her own money into her first campaign for public office" (HARTFORD COURANT, 11/3). The AP's Susan Haigh noted McMahon was "dogged by questions about her former role" with the WWE. Blumenthal and other Democrats "ran TV ads accusing McMahon of being a bad CEO who didn't care about the welfare of her employees." McMahon "did rule out returning to WWE." McMahon: "You can't step out of WWE and expect to come back in, because it moves forward and it's moving forward at a great pace. I wouldn't try to step back in there" (AP, 11/2).

HEADING FOR THE HOUSE: Several former athletes and sports-industry execs were involved in races for the U.S. House yesterday. Former NFLer Jon Runyan last night defeated incumbent Democrat John Adler for U.S. Rep. in New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District. Runyan "turned his lack of political experience into a positive, positioning himself as a fresh face who vowed to get in, make some changes, then get out" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 11/3). Runyan's win returns the "traditionally Republican district to GOP control" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 11/3). In North Carolina's 11th District, former NFLer Heath Shuler "scored another solid victory Tuesday to retain his seat representing Western North Carolina in the U.S. House." Shuler claimed 54% of the vote to 46% for Republican challenger Jeff Miller (Asheville CITIZEN-TIMES, 11/3). In Ohio's 16th District, former AFL Columbus Destroyers Owner Jim Renacci "defeated incumbent U.S. Rep. John Boccieri in a U.S. House race in northeast Ohio that was a top priority for the GOP." Renacci is an investor in the Single-A California League Lancaster JetHawks (AP, 11/2). In Oregon's 1st Congressional District, incumbent U.S. Rep. David Wu "rolled to a seventh term," defeating his Republican challenger, Game Face Founder & President Rob Cornilles, by a 54% to 42% margin (Portland OREGONIAN, 11/3). In Virginia's 11th District, incumbent U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly led former NFLer Keith Fimian 49.1% to 48.9% with 99% of the votes counted. Connolly "led by 487 votes ... with more than 220,000 votes counted" (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, 11/3).

OTHER RACES: The Oregon gubernatorial race between former NBAer Chris Dudley and Democratic candidate John Kitzhaber "remained a cliffhanger early today, but Kitzhaber appeared to have the edge as vote-counting continued." Dudley "clung to a slim lead, but Kitzhaber was expected to make up the difference as tens of thousands of votes remained to be tallied in Democrat-rich Multnomah County" (Portland OREGONIAN, 11/3). Former NBAer Shawn Bradley "lost his bid for a spot in the Utah Legislature," while Pro Football HOFer Alan Page "kept his seat on the Minnesota Supreme Court" (AP, 11/2).

TAKING A STANCE: Lakers coach Phil Jackson said the legislation for California's defeated Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana in the state, was "poorly written." But he added there is "no need to have our federal system and our state system fill the prisons with people who are prosecuted for this." Jackson: "I think marijuana has been known to be addictive. It's not something to be laughed at. I think it's a situation that can be handled and help our society out" (LATIMES.com, 11/2).

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