Archive for July 29th, 2010

Small Correction on Missy Hyatt Statement

I understand that I was mistaken in saying that Missy Hyatt’s statement about the Dawn Marie/Wrestlers Rescue situation was posted by her at a forum called Captured Beauty. I am deleting that reference from an earlier post.

I saw the statement via a link with traffic to this blog. The statement is authentic, but someone on the Captured Beauty forum, not Missy Hyatt, was reposting it from elsewhere.

Irv Muchnick

Commentator Suggests Linda McMahon Has Her Opponents’ Number: $50 Million

It would be foolish not to process the commentary by Ben Davol at NBCConnecticut.com, “A Senate Race Like No Other” (http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/politics/Commentary-A-Senate-Race-Like-No-Other-99545579.html). Here’s the money quote:

The reality of all this is that the next Senator from Connecticut will be Mrs. McMahon. The Blumenthal campaign and others will bash away at Mrs. McMahon’s business the WWE. It is a losing strategy. The facts are this. The reason Linda has so much money is because millions of people, voters, like the WWE. Further, the McMahons got their money the old fashioned way, they earned it.

Linda will win the primary and then go head to head with Mr. Blumenthal. Problem is neither of them wants to speak without layers of handlers, prepared questions and a totally controlled environment. Advantage Linda. Her campaign will savage Mr. Blumenthal over his record by turning good to bad and day to night. The McMahon message machine will unleash on the Blumenthal campaign a deluge akin to the ferocity and regularity of the waves at Waimea Bay.

Sadly though on November third Mrs. McMahon will become what all her supporters despise, an insider.

Irv Muchnick

Hartford Courant Endorses Linda McMahon’s Opponent in Republican Primary

With leaps of logic that make wrestling storylines seem downright Cartesian by comparison, the Hartford Courant has published a reluctant endorsement of reluctant candidate Rob Simmons over Linda McMahon for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. See http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-primary-senate-gop-0729-20100729,0,5803723.story.

Bully for Rob Simmons.

Softening the blow, the Courant calls McMahon a “hard-nosed, engaging entertainment tycoon with a captivating life story [that] is a breath of fresh air in Connecticut politics.”

Ah, but “WWE’s schlocky, off-color content is not everyone’s cup of tea, as one of her ads admits.”  She could be further damaged by “any new whiff of scandal,” the editorialist adds with exquisite abstraction.

To be fair, the Courant also questions McMahon’s “plan to help small business and create jobs that relies too heavily on tax cuts and a stripping away of regulations.”

Irv Muchnick

Mike Aldren’s Statement on Dawn Marie and Wrestlers Rescue

I wish to respond to Dawn Marie’s open letter regarding Wrestlers Rescue which you published as a solo news item on your website earlier this week. As my name was cited twice within her letter, I hope that you will afford me the same forum to speak publicly that was afforded to her.

For the last three years Dawn Marie has promoted Wrestlers Rescue as a charity to raise monies to help and support the health care needs of retired professional wrestlers. During that time Dawn has sent me numerous emails asking my help to spread word of her fund raising activities through my writings relating to this project. I duly obliged in most instances.

One of the primary benefactors was to be journeymen wrestler Dr. Death Steve Williams who sadly succumbed to cancer in December, 2009. Shortly after Doc’s passing I asked Dawn what she planned to do with the thousands of dollars she had raised—whether that would be in terms of covering funeral expenses for the family or a talked about trust fund for Doc’s son.

Dawn told me on-the-record in a January email, “We are talking with the family and trying to figure out the best way to use the dollars that weren’t used.”

I asked Dawn again a few weeks later and received no response.

A few weeks after that I asked Dawn whether Wrestlers Rescue was in fact a registered charity and what other retired wrestlers she planned to help in the future. Dawn replied and told me that her representative would be in touch soon and furnish me with the information I requested.

Dawn’s rep later turned out to be her New Jersey based attorney. I was shocked to learn from said attorney that Wrestlers Rescue, after three years in operation, was NOT a registered not-for-profit nor were they willing to open their finance books to the general public or the people in the wrestling business who have helped them raise thousands of dollars in the name of a dying man.*

And so here we are today.

While Dawn’s passion may be viewed by some as admirable, she as the founder and chair of her organization, should be more forthcoming regarding the monies she has raised, nor should she falsely represent herself as a charity, just as she did last week when quoted in a New York Times article.

Is she stating that up until now, the supposed charity has been for profit? If so, who has profited from the proceeds of Wrestlers Rescue? If not, then why has the non-registered charity been so secretive regarding the proceeds of the monies raised?

Who has actually benefited from anything done by Wrestlers Rescue up to now? Check delivered, bills paid, someone rescued?

I hope that Dawn Marie will address these reasonable questions in a public forum very soon.

Sincerely,

Mike Aldren
m.aldren@sky.com


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