Archive for April 4th, 2010

Was Linda McMahon’s Resignation from Connecticut Ed Board Linked to Courant’s Story Today?

When you are as busy as I have been recording so many unseemly dimensions of Linda McMahon’s business and political careers, and how they are linked, you can get a forest-and-trees problem.

It had not even occurred to me that McMahon might have timed her resignation from the Connecticut Board of Education — with the explanation that it conflicted with her U.S. Senate campaign — to beat the posse.

But Dave Meltzer, publisher of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, adds the context in his just-published daily website update:

McMahon resigned from the school board the day after she was told the Hartford Courant would be writing [today’s] story about her answers to the questions [on the January 2009 disclosure form] when she was being nominated.  She said one had nothing to do with the other.

Irv Muchnick

Read Linda McMahon’s Full January 2009 ‘Background Information Questionnaire’

The Hartford Courant, which today ably dissected the fudges and misstatements in a government disclosure form that Linda McMahon submitted more than a year ago when she was nominated by Governor Jodi Rell for a seat on the Connecticut Board of Education, now has posted the complete document itself. See http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-mcmahon-questionnaire-pdf-html,0,465045.htmlstory.

McMahon, who went on later in the year to embark on a run for the U.S. Senate, filed this form on January 9, 2009 — exactly one week after Congressman Henry Waxman handed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigation of World Wrestling Entertainment drug policies over to the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy, which proceeded to do nothing. Several months later WWE’s outside law firm, K&L Gates, de-registered as the company’s Washington lobbyist.

Included in Linda McMahon’s Connecticut disclosure filing is a letter from K&L Gates’ Jerry McDevitt explaining the federal indictment of WWE’s predecessor company, TitanSports, and her husband Vince McMahon, on steroid trafficking charges, as well as their acquittal at a 1994 trial.

McDevitt’s account is substantially accurate; I happen to agree that the government may have overreached in attempting to criminalize these aspects of Vince McMahon’s actions, and certainly failed the burden of proving a criminal conspiracy.

For the edification of those readers of this blog who are hearing for the first time about the McMahons’ mid-nineties brush with the feds, I note one omission in the McDevitt attachment: it says nothing about the mysterious role of defense attorney Laura Brevetti’s husband, Martin Bergman, and his irregular contacts with government witness Emily Feinberg, Vince McMahon’s former secretary.

The background on all that is in “Linda McMahon’s Husband Vince Fought the Law, And the Law Lost (Part 4 — The Defense Lawyer, The ‘Fixer,’ And the Playboy Model”), December 24, 2009, https://wrestlingbabylon.wordpress.com/2009/12/24/linda-mcmahon%E2%80%99s-husband-vince-fought-the-law-and-the-law-lost-part-4-%E2%80%93-the-defense-lawyer-the-%E2%80%98fixer%E2%80%99-and-the-playboy-model/.

Irv Muchnick

Hartford Courant Story Questions Linda McMahon’s 2009 Representations

Jon Lender of the Hartford Courant goes collar-and-elbow with Linda McMahon, the Über-Carny, about a January 2009 document accompanying Governor Jodi Rell’s nomination of McMahon for the state Board of Education.

Good stuff. See “McMahon’s Answers on Vetting Questionnaire In ’09 May Catch Up With Her,” http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-mcmahon-questionnaire-0404.artapr04,0,2921832.column.

When you’re finished reading that one, go back to the previous item on this blog today:

Newest Linda McMahon Scandal Bread Crumb: ‘Independent’ Contract of Dead WWE Wrestler Chris Kanyon

It’s a matter of life and death.

Irv Muchnick

Newest Linda McMahon Scandal Bread Crumb: ‘Independent’ Contract of Dead WWE Wrestler Chris Kanyon

The suicide Friday of former World Wrestling Entertainment performer Chris “Kanyon” Klucsaritis hasn’t yet gotten much media attention in Connecticut, where Linda McMahon continues on her merry way to spending $50 million trying to persuade voters that she belongs in the United States Senate.

But it should – for two reasons.

In 2008 Klucsaritis was one of a group of wrestlers, led by Scott “Raven” Levy, who sued WWE in federal court in Connecticut to challenge their status as independent contractors. The plaintiffs said this misclassification cheated them out of health insurance, vacations, and other benefits. The company’s lawyers succeeded in getting the case thrown out because the plaintiffs were no longer working for WWE and hence had no standing to sue.

Klucsaritis’s WWE contract became part of the court record. A facsimile can be viewed at http://muchnick.net/kanyoncontract.pdf.

For further reading on this topic, see “’The Question’ – Senate Candidate Linda McMahon (Still) Can’t Answer It (complete 7-part series as a single post),” January 10, https://wrestlingbabylon.wordpress.com/2010/01/10/%E2%80%98the-question%E2%80%99-%E2%80%93-senate-candidate-linda-mcmahon-still-can%E2%80%99t-answer-it-complete-7-part-series-as-a-single-post/.

Here’s the second reason Klucsaritis is important: he is now yet another statistic in the actuarially impossible body count from when Linda McMahon ran WWE.

Klucsaritis, who had wrestled for the now-defunct rival World Championship Wrestling, was with WWE from 2001 to 2004. There was no steroid testing whatsoever at WWE from 1996 to 2006. A “Wellness Policy” was instituted after WWE star Eddie Guerrero dropped dead in November 2005. The program not only is a joke – as we’ve seen in the December 2009 death of Eddie “Umaga” Fatu; it also was a day late and a dollar short in doing anything for the many, many wrestlers who developed, sustained, or worsened bad habits, chiefly stemming from steroids and prescription pharmaceuticals, while WWE was busy making Linda and Vince McMahon near-billionaires and didn’t consider drug-testing to save lives “cost-effective.”

When I was in Connecticut the week before last promoting CHRIS & NANCY, McMahon campaign spokesman Ed Patru released this statement:

“He is peddling a for-profit book that has been routinely debunked by the facts. WWE has a very thorough wellness policy, and I don’t believe there is another entertainment company in America with a more comprehensive drug testing policy.

“He would have the public believe that Linda McMahon is responsible for the personal choices of every person ever associated with WWE even if that association ended years and years ago. People understand that many individuals in the entertainment business live healthy and responsible lifestyles, and many do not. Nobody in America blames Disney for Lindsey Lohan’s car accidents, or Warner Bros. for the Heath Ledger tragedy, or 20th Century Fox for the unfortunate turn of events surrounding Corey Haim.”

Later in the week I’ll resume my blog series exploring the WWE medical team members – especially cardiologist Bryan Donohue – who are headquartered at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Irv Muchnick


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