Several reporters covering the U.S. Senate race this morning received a surprise – a box of World Wrestling Entertainment merchandise compliments of company head Vince McMahon, husband of Republican candidate Linda McMahon.
According to a brief letter from Vince, these items were also shipped to Democratic Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, who recently clashed with WWE over whether its merchandise is too-closely associated with Linda to be allowed inside polling places on Election Day Tuesday.
Democrats have charged that Vince and Linda in recent weeks have been illegally using WWE to try and bolster her campaign.
But it’s pretty clear Vince, who with his wife built WWE into an international empire after purchasing a much smaller wrestling operation from his father in the early 1980s, sees a marketing opportunity. Yesterday the company announced it will hand out free WWE swag outside of select polling sites.
The company’s next quarterly report will be released Thursday.
I blogged last night about the impact Vince’s recent activities might have on Linda at the polls.
Should Connecticut voters send your wife to Washington, Vince, I beg of you, don’t let Linda and her handlers keep you under wraps for the next six years. I can only image how much fun it will be to cover her first term with you around. Something tells me shenanigans like this are just the tip of the ice burg.
UPDATE: For those who are interested – and because it’s come up during the campaign – the shirt pictured above was made in Mexico, the rest in China.