Republican Linda McMahon might be seriously down in the polls for the Connecticut Senate race, but it looks like she’ll have some unconventional help on Election Day, The Day reports. Folks from World Wrestling Entertainment, the company she ran along with her husband and business partner Vince McMahon, will be handing out WWE merchandise near select polling places.
This comes after Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz’s (D) office backed off from an attempt to bar voters from wearing WWE paraphernalia to polling places, on the grounds that they would be construed as electioneering materials. Vince McMahon then filed a lawsuit over the matter, a judge sided with McMahon, and the matter was dropped.
As The Day reports, Vince McMahon is now mounting this new maneuver, and boasting in a statement: “I can’t think of a better way for WWE fans to celebrate their constitutional rights and freedom of expression while voting than to proudly wear the WWE merchandise that Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz attempted to prohibit from the polls.”[TPM SLIDESHOW: Bringing The Smackdown: Linda McMahon’s Campaign For Senate, And Her Colorful Pro-Wrestling Past]
According to Greenwich Time, the WWE workers will remain at least 75 feet away from polling places.
Last week, Vince McMahon launched an online campaign called “Stand Up For WWE,” to defend the company’s reputation against attacks from Democratic nominee Richard Blumenthal.
(Special thanks to TPM intern Howard Polikoff.)