Linda McMahon Ripped For WWE Ties In New Attack Ad

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy is taking Linda McMahon to task over her past ties to WWE as the Connecticut Senate hopeful released a new television advertisement Wednesday accusing the wrestling executive of laying off employees while her company hauled millions in tax credits.

The ad also accuses McMahon of denying Medicare, Social Security and unemployment to her wrestlers.

“McMahon laid off workers while taking millions in tax credits. Denied them health care,” the advertisement says.

In response, WWE said to that its full-time employees have always had health insurance, while its wrestlers are responsible for acquiring their own health insurance.

According to Murphy’s campaign, McMahon laid off 10 percent of her work force in 2009 and then received about $10 million in tax credits designed to create jobs.

“Since day one, McMahon has been running on her record as a ‘job creator,’ but the truth is that McMahon is a job killer,” said Murphy spokeswoman Taylor Lavender.

WWE said after reducing its work force by 10 percent, the tax credits enabled the company expand its work force by almost 30 percent.

The ad also states, “Linda McMahon took home $46 million a year. Now she’s proposing to give herself an up to $7 million tax cut. That’s the real Linda McMahon. She takes care of herself, no matter who pays the price. Linda McMahon, profits before people.”

McMahon campaign spokesman Todd Abrajano said of Murphy’s attack, “This new ad from Chris Murphy is just a desperate attempt to distract from the issues that come to light in his campaign.”

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  • bayarea08

    I agree with that ad.

  • Tennindo Tennison

    Truth hurts I guess

  • Scott Kinnard

    The wrestlers are hired as Independent Contractors. That’s why they don’t pay their unemployment, SS, or Medicare. I’ve heard they cover wrestlers surgeries and when they are recovering, they still get their downside contracts….

  • vorhees666

    The full time employees they refer too are the ones that work in the office at WWE HQ.

    The wrestlers themselves have to find their own health insurance. Jesse Venture started doing acting job back in the day so he could get SAG benefits for his family.

    I’m sure if they get hurt while on the job that’s a different story with medical coverage. But @58f63a1785417d6f8666c1a47e9d37bf:disqus is right, the wrestlers themselves are deemed as contractors.

  • Scott Kinnard

    Another inaccuracy with the ad. Linda stepped down as CEO in 2007 I believe. Vince was the one who lai off those workers not Linda.

    • Forceton Banfodder

      WWE has always been laying off workers. Not just recently. I’m not defending the ad, but do I think she’s trying to get elected to push her husband’s business agendas? Damn straight.

      No one spends millions of dollars for a chance to get elected to a job that only pays 150K or so a year. They do it to extend business contacts, get kickback money and have the chance to push their own and corporate sponsored agendas. And this isn’t a rant against one party or the other. It’s a rant against politicians in general.

      • Kjhaltz

        Typical American government with corperations pushing their agenda. Why can’t the wwe? If she wins bet your ass she is heading to the white house. Then wwe is going to be a bigger hot flaming pile of mess.

  • kharmafan

    hope she lose

  • siberian_skies

    Linda’s just mad she got caught in a lie. And I’ve been saying all along that she only cares about herself.

  • Puppet H

    +1 the ad

  • Wing

    If you dont like it then provide health care for your employees. Jerk.

  • Trevor

    I hope her campaign crumbles! She’s an awful bitch!

    • Clare McFadden

      how do you know? have you met her?

  • Hobo With A Shot Gun

    I hope The Crypt keeper i mean Linda McMahon lose. Linda McMahon she takes care of herself no matter who pays the price….. profits before people.

    • Clare McFadden

      hey! the “crypt keeper” is someone’s mother you know! that’s offensive! I don’t wish to stoop to your level but i would like you to think about this for a moment, how would you like it if someone said that about your mom?

      • Dickie The Punchline Donkey

        Turn it down a notch, don’t be so offended and start a femenist rally. If he wanted to he could’ve refered to Linda in a worse way that what he did, dude below said she’s a bitch.Dont’ cry over spilled milk

        • Clare McFadden

          I’m an only child raised by a single mother and I’m British of course I’m offended by that!

          • Dave Moore

            Nobody cares

      • siberian_skies

        @facebook-505577415:disqus Somebody else made a comparison between Linda and the crypt keeper before Hobo ever said that.

        • Clare McFadden

          LOL Linda has probably made that comparison herself but I just don’t like the disrespect.

      • Dave Moore

        If LInda was my mom I wouldn’t want anyone to know She is a sleazebag

      • Dave Moore

        I I am so sorry to hear that you are one of Linda’s children. You have my condolences

  • Steve Williams

    Take a look at that picture and don’t you feel stupid voting for her?

  • young1knows

    this isnt the truth the real reason why they dont pay there wrestlers is becuase they dont class the wrestlers as workers so they dont have to pay there medical they pay there bigger stars medical back then but they pay all wrestlers medicl now

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      • Clare McFadden

        wrestlers are classed as Independent Contractors therefore they are responsible for their own health insurance. I don’t even live in the USA and I know that!

        • Dave Moore

          Then why don’t you mind your own business!

  • Johnie

    LMAO this is just hilarious but they are using wrestling as an unfair advantage.

    • Clare McFadden

      I know and it’s not even a real sport… pathetic isn’t it, what some people will do for votes. I’m sure Linda will be crying into her gluten free cornflakes when she gets up today…NOT! you know I’m surprised that they haven’t mentioned Chris Benoit

      • Big-Daddy_Death_Bringer

        the benoit mention will come up soon, guarenteed. if not then those people goin against linda are complete idiots to not use that against her.

        • Clare McFadden

          this is exactly what irritates me about politics the campaign shouldn’t be about her past and what WWE have done. Linda McMahon is ONE woman running for senate, she is not an entire organisation! Just because she’s married to the promoter does not mean that she should be ridiculed by the media and her opponents just for running for the Senate. She has always been the one who was a calming influence on Vince so I think she will do a good job if she’s elected and if she’s actually allowed to do it.
          As for the Benoit thing, that coming up is unfortunately, inevitable and it will be used against Linda repeatedly by the brainless idiots who are running against her, they like the mainstream media do not understand wrestling at all and Linda does so she’ll just ignore them. I have said this before and I will say it again, Vince et al are promoters, managers, writers etc they are not babysitters, what their employees do outside of the ring is outwith the jurisdiction of employment provided that it does not reflect badly on the company. Vince was perfectly justified in his decision to edit Chris Benoit out of all WWE programming because the man’s final actions are what he will most be remembered for and were reprehensible.

          • Dave Moore

            Are you really that ignorant. She was CEO she even was one of the performers. The whole business is sleazy and so is Linda

  • Clare McFadden

    this is just pathetic trash talking. I’m sure Linda will just laugh it off

    • morrisonfanone

      She had two kids with Vince. I’m sure she’s laughed a lot.

    • Dave Moore

      No what is pathetic trash is someone who admires a rich sleazy person who is buying the elction and repeating the same lies over and over and over.

  • gcmissouri

    Uh, guys… WWE doesn’t have to provide health care to their wrestlers
    b/c they’re… independent contractors! Try learning a little about
    business and how it works before you fall hook, line, and sinker for a
    B.S. Democrat ad.

    • siberian_skies

      @gcmissouri:disqus Before being so condescending, try re-reading the article. The article says the WWE said that they provide health insurance to their employees.

  • Noach

    The wrestlers are not legally employees of WWE. They are what is called independent contractors. A company does NOT have to provide health insurance for independent contractors it uses. Talk about lies.

    • siberian_skies

      @8779550a012284fcb6b9ffd2ea7c871f:disqus Then the WWE shouldn’t have said that they provide health insurance to their employees.

  • FeedMeMore808

    The sooner she loses, the sooner we lose the PG era.

  • Shockmaster

    No way I would vote for her.

  • djh1991

    This is absolutely ridicolous, I really wish they would stop this campaign and let the WWE go back to its old self (refering to the WWE TV-14 era).

  • Stratojacker


    I am so sick of poeple not differentiating between the company and a person who worked in the company.

    • Clare McFadden


  • morrisonfanone

    How many times has this happened now? They can’t say more about her than that her husband employs very muscular men?

  • Dave Moore

    When is Linda going to pay back all the small businesses she stiffed decades ago when she and her sleazy husband declared bankruptcy. How can you be for small businesses when you don’t pay back your debts