WWE Plans a ‘Smackdown’ for Election Day in Connecticut
Small scoop from Connecticut: World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is hosting a “Smackdown” in Bridgeport, Connecticut on November 2, the day voters will decide whether to elect the company’s co-founder and former CEO, Linda McMahon, as their senator. Politico’s Jonathan Allen reports:
No doubt the timing of the extravaganza will have conspiracy theorists chatting in the week before the election. The match starts at 6:45 p.m., an hour and 15 minutes before polls close. It’s being held in a Democratic bastion where African American turnout — or lack thereof — could make a difference not only in the Senate race but in the 4th District House race between Rep. Jim Himes and GOP challenger Dan Debicella. Will advertising for the event help or hurt McMahon — a positive or negative reminder of her time as WWE’s CEO? Could traffic around the 10,000-seat Arena at Harbor Yard impede voting?
Add to that list of conspiracy theories the question of illegal coordination among outside groups and political candidates or parties. If it seems like the purpose of the event is to boost McMahon’s chances, Democrats might argue that it should have been reported as a campaign expenditure. McMahon’s spokesperson counters by noting that she won’t be attending the event or participating in any way — she’ll be too busy delivering a “smackdown” of her own.