Dodd GOP Rival WWE CEO Linda McMahon Supports Dems

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World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon announced recently that she is poised to lay the smackdown on embattled Sen. Chris Dodd in the 2010 midterm elections. On first glance, this is definitely an uphill battle for McMahon. There are currently no Republican representatives in Congress throughout the northeast and polls show that former Rep. Rob Simmons already has a slight lead over Dodd.

But information released by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that McMahon has a history of donating to Democratic candidates and PACs, a fact that could help her in the mostly blue northeast state. Of the $90,000 she and her husband have contributed since 1989, 51 percent has gone to Democrats. Her top beneficiaries include Dem Mark Warner of Virginia, Obama chief of staff and former Rep. from Illinois Rahm Emanuel, and Dem-turned-Independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

It’s looking more and more like the battle for Dodd’s seat could be the main event of the 2010 election cycle. And there’s no doubt that this video should be used in someone’s campaign ad… though I’m not sure whether it would hurt or help McMahon:

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