ABC News Russell Goldman reports:
On the eve of Election Day, World Wrestling Entertainment founder Vince McMahon used a popular wrestling program to poke fun at his wife’s outsize spending on her Senate campaign and take a final jab at her Democratic challenger.
In a skit aired live during “WWE Raw” Monday night, McMahon pretends to be awoken from a coma when his doctor tells him that his wife, Republican candidate Linda McMahon, has spent $50 million of the couple’s personal fortune to run for office.
“$50 million, on what?” McMahon asks his doctor, played by Freddie Prinze Jr., only to realize his hospital gown is covered in “Linda for Senate” bumper stickers.
“Then again, if my wife can run for Senate I can run to be the president of the United States of America,” McMahon says getting out of bed to reveal a Dick Blumenthal campaign poster covering his backside.
A spokesman for the WWE told the Associated Press it was a parody.
In a filing with the Federal Election Commission in late October, Linda McMahon disclosed she had spent $41 million of her own money. She pledged at the beginning of the campaign to spend $50 million by Election Day.
The WWE has become the target of the Connecticut state Democratic Party, which in a FEC complaint, accused the company of running a shadow campaign to support Linda McMahon’s candidacy.
“WWE Raw” was broadcast from Hartford, Conn. Monday night and a one-of-a kind event for fans will be held tonight in Bridgeport, Conn. raising the ire of local Democrats.
The WWE took the state to federal court and won last week and after an employee at the office of the Connecticut Secretary of State suggested that voters wearing WWE t-shirts to the polls would be asked to remove them before casting their ballots.