While professional wrestling and politics rarely mix, many fans of the WWE were at least interested in one Senate race on Election Day 2012. Linda McMahon, the wife of professional wrestling legend Vince McMahon and former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, made her second attempt at winning a seat in the Senate in 2012. However, for the second time, McMahon lost the race.
“This is a great night for Connecticut and for middle class Americans across the country,” Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said. “Chris Murphy went up against a mountain of money and beat an opponent who spent more than anyone else in history to win a seat in the U.S. Senate.”
McMahon, a Republican, spent $44 million of her own money in her bid to win a seat in the Senate. The total spent in the two campaign remains close to $100 million. Democrat Chris Murphy spent only $10 million, much of it from outside groups, and the citizens of Connecticut went with the more experienced Murphy when casting their votes.
The result of the election makes it look like McMahon was not able to buy her seat in the Senate. With all the money she spent, it appears she was hoping to use publicity to overcompensate for her lack of experience in any area of the political landscape.
When McMahon ran in 2009, a lot of focus unfairly went onto the WWE and the more risque story lines from the Attitude Era. In response, McMahon neutered the wrestling promotion, instilling a PG rating in order to win votes. She then stepped down as CEO before running this year and hoped to put distance between herself and her husband’s multi-million dollar corporation. That may not have made a difference because the final result here was luckily due to the public voting for experience over infamy.
Photo by Linda McMahon.