I’ve spent months hammering at the glossed-over business record of Linda McMahon, the Meg Whitman of Connecticut. McMahon, wife of World Wrestling Entertainment kingpin Vince McMahon, is the former CEO of WWE who is running strong for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat Chris Dodd is vacating. The McMahons are spending up to $50 million of their nearly billion-dollar junk-entertainment family fortune to buy the seat, and they may just succeed.
If they do, it will be time for a word from our sponsor: P.T. Barnum, the 19th century Connecticut circus entrepreneur who, as a politician, proved quite a bit more progressive and effective than expected. After profiting from minstrel shows, Barnum in the state legislature was, first, an abolitionist and, later, a fiercely benign advocate of improved post-Civil War race relations. As mayor of Bridgeport, he was credited with modernizing the water-supply system.
full text continued in “IF LINDA McMAHON IS P.T. BARNUM, CONNECTICUT IN MORE TROUBLE THAN WE KNOW,” Beyond Chron, http://snipr.com/uiyl5
Hear Irv interviewed today at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time on Home Turf with Corey Costello, ESPN Radio in Bakersfield, California (live stream http://espnbakersfield.com).
See the display of Irv’s book, CHRIS & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death, at Borders Books & Records in Farmington, Connecticut (http://muchnick.net/bordersfarmington.jpg).