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Wrestling CEO for Senate?

The Danbury News Times has reported, and the WWE has confirmed that company CEO Linda McMahon is “strongly considering” a run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Christopher Dodd.

STAMFORD, Conn.—The chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. wants to slam Democratic U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd to the mat.

A spokesman for the Stamford, Conn.-based media and entertainment company confirmed Friday that Linda McMahon is considering a bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate seat.

If the 60-year-old McMahon decides to run, she will step down as CEO and her husband, Vincent McMahon, would assume the duties of CEO in addition to his current position as chairman of the board.

Earlier this year, Linda McMahon was appointed by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell to the Connecticut Board of Education. Her appointment, approved by the General Assembly, drew some criticism from lawmakers who said it sent the wrong message to children.

I think this could be a major game changer in the race to face Chris Dodd. While Rob Simmons is a great candidate, Linda McMahon has not only the financial resources (Vince is worth around $800 million), but also great personal and business connections. She’s good friends with Governor Rell, former Governor Weicker and Chris Shays. While her political contributions may make some of you cringe (of the $76K she’s donated, 46% has been to Democrats including nearly $8K to Rahm Emanuel since 2002), I think they make her perfect for Connecticut. She’s the kind of Republican we need to run in there.