WWE Board Member Lowell Weicker Spins for Linda McMahon

Former Connecticut senator and governor — and World Wrestling Entertainment charter board member — Lowell Weicker is a guest next Sunday on Dennis House’s Face the State on Channel 3. House previews the interview in a blog post at http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/weicker-blasts-blumenthal-raises-trust-issue/.

At one point House  begins a question about Linda McMahon: “When her critics say you should not vote for her because of [World Wrestling Entertainment] programming, do you think –”

Weicker replies: “I think it is nonsense. There may be reasons not to vote for her. You may not like her stance on health care, that is fair enough. But not her association with WWE.”

On his blog, House does not say whether he follows up by noting that the most compelling argument against McMahon has nothing to do with whether WWE programming once was R-rated or now is truly G-rated. It has to do, rather, with the company’s occupational health and safety standards, the bellwether of a pandemic of hundreds of young deaths in an industry the mega-profitable WWE dominates.

Nor do we know if House asked Weicker (who says he supports health-care reform and has called critics of Chris Dodd “ankle-biting midgets”) how much money he has made from WWE stock options and dividends.

I guess we’ll have to watch Face the State on Sunday to find out.

Irv Muchnick

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