According to the WWE web site, Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz gave the authority to local poll workers to determine that if anyone shows up to the Connecticut voting polls on Nov. 2 wearing any WWE merchandise -- whether it is a John Cena T-shirt or a Randy Orton wristband -- they may be forced to go home and change, cover it up or take it off in order to vote.
Linda McMahon is running for US Senate vs. Dick Blumenthal. McMahon is the wife of Vince McMahon, founder of WWE and is a former CEO but does not work for the company any more. The CT Atty Gnl determined that any WWE merchandise/garb can be banned from polling places because it constitutes campaign paraphernalia.
The article brings up a good question:
"When Arnold Schwarzenegger was running for Governor of California, was there en edict banning Terminator T-shirts or Predator garb or saying the words, `I'll be back?'
How 'bout when the late Sonny Bono ran for political office. Were voters who wore Sonny & Cher T-shirts or Sonny & Cher peace signs sent home? Grandy Love Boat apparel outlawed? Steve Largent Seahawks jerseys?"
I can understand laws that prohibit campaigning inside 75' of polling places - we don't need bumper stickers, hats, shirts, etc worn inside the polling places BUT where is the line drawn? What can be construed as campaign material?
My mistake, I thought this was for workers. For voters? This is stupid.
My question is - in this case I think it is overreaching but where does it end? McMahon is targeted because she was part of a commercial company.
Hell, if someone worked for, say, some NFL team or a NASCAR exec or something, does that mean you can't wear that gear either? It just gets really touchy when things seem arbitrary - there should be hard and fast rules that apply equally to everyone, not a world full of special cases where opinion can sway the "rules".
the WWE also has a pretty low key on the election this year.
Previous years they'd hold their "Smack Down your vote" campaign.
And Vince McMahon has been non-existent on the TV screen
Linda has played this completely by the book, she hasn't wielded any power from the humongous soapbox she has at her disposal. I suspect if she wins though, we'll probably see a little recognition from the WWE on their programming.
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