Archive for August 29th, 2010

Story Behind Friend Judy of Linda McMahon’s New Campaign Commercial

Even when Linda McMahon uses a character witness in one of her insipid Senate campaign TV commercials, the choice somehow reflects back on the atrocious occupational health and safety standards at her World Wrestling Entertainment.

Earlier her daughter, Stephanie McMahon Levesque, narrated a commercial with the punch line, “I just call her ‘Mom.’” Stephanie, wife of juicer wrestler Paul “Triple H” Levesque and herself a WWE executive, made seriously misleading statements in 2007 to the staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. See “Did Linda McMahon’s Daughter Commit Perjury in Her Congressional Testimony?”, August 24,

Now along comes Linda’s friend Judy Moorberg to assure the voters of Connecticut that the former CEO of WWE is a wonderful person. “She feels for people,” Judy says in the McMahon commercial, which is embedded in a post on the blog of Hartford Courant columnist Rick Green. See “Linda McMahon, WWE, Judy Moorberg and the U.S. Senate,”

Green reports that Moorberg appears to be the ex-wife of a WWE employee; he links to a 2008 obituary of Robert DeBord, whom she divorced amicably in 1998. The obit notes that DeBord indeed worked for WWE.

Here’s the rest of the story.

On the November 19, 1983, edition of the then-World Wrestling Federation’s syndicated television show, Robert DeBord began a short and undistinguished run as the host of an interview segment called “Victory Corner.” DeBord was the editor of WWF’s Victory magazine, later renamed WWF Magazine.

“Victory Corner” replaced “Buddy Rogers Corner,” which was hosted by the wrestling legend of that name. The reason Buddy Rogers was dropped was that, in a comeback “angle” in a tag match with his protégé Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka (who, incidentally, earlier that year had killed his girlfriend in their Whitehall, Pennsylvania, motel room), the 62-year-old Rogers broke his hip. He was dropped by the McMahons and sued them – perhaps not in that order.

Irv Muchnick

Death Once Again Becomes the Linda McMahon Campaign

There are so many awful things about the way we do elections in this country, but there is at least one good one: the length of campaigns makes it very hard to hide.

On Friday yet another wrestler, “Luna” Vachon, died in Florida at the age of 48.

I have strong and specific suspicions about the relationship of World Wrestling Entertainment occupational health and safety standards with the other untimely deaths of Linda McMahon’s performers during the course of her U.S. Senate campaign in Connecticut. (Gertrude Vachon is No. 3, 4, or 5 – choose your methodology.) I have only very weak ones when it comes to Luna. So I decided to wait 48 hours on reporting the death and see if the quick succession of Lance Cade and Vachon, along with the sheer overall statistics, would promote critical mass in campaign coverage.

The answer to that question is yes. See “Another ex-WWE star found dead; autopsy scheduled,” Neil Vigdor, Connecticut Post,

Though very sorry for Luna Vachon’s family and friends and fans, I do not burn with visceral rage at this one.

I simply observe that for Linda McMahon, it’s a well-earned rough justice.

Moving forward, I don’t think the most important thing to watch is whether McMahon will overcome these black eyes to her image and win the Senate election over Richard Blumenthal.  What I really want to know is whether the next Congress, with or without McMahon, will do its job and resume the investigation of the pro wrestling industry that was started in 2007, but not taken to the finish line.

Irv Muchnick

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