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Attorney General Won’t Pursue CEA Complaint

by Staff Report | Sep 27, 2012 11:20pm
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Posted to: Congress, Election 2012, Legal

The Attorney General’s office won’t be looking into the complaint by the Connecticut Education Association regarding U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon’s statements on her 2009 application for the state Board of Education.

McMahon served on the state Board of Education for one year. She was appointed by former Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

In a statement Thursday, the Attorney General’s office explains that the CEA is asking for a criminal investigation, but because the Office of Attorney General does not have criminal authority, it will take no action. CEA can take whatever steps it deems appropriate, Susan Kinsman, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, said.

The CEA accuses McMahon of committing perjury on the application when it says she has a Bachelor of Science degree in English when in reality it’s a Bachelor of Arts degree in French.

When answering the question on the application about if she has been “publicly identified, in person, or by virtue of an organizational association, with a particularly, controversial national, state or local issue?” McMahon answered “No.”

CEA said the answer should have been “Yes” because of her tenure as CEO of the WWE.

“For the twenty years Linda McMahon served as CEO of WWE, and at a time when 15% of the viewership of the channel included children 11 years and younger, WWE built a controversial reputation for broadcasting degrees of sexual content, profanity, and violence that raised public concern,” the CEA says in its letter to the Attorney General.

It even goes as far as to count the number of “crotch grabs” and “groin kicks.” Citing a one year study of the WWE by Indiana University on behalf of the National Institute on Media and the Family it counted 3,000 instances of violence and sexual content.

—crotch grabbing or pointing: 1,658 instances
—garbage cans, chairs, tables, and brooms used in wrestling: 609
—kicks to the groin: 273
—profane descriptions of people: 158
—obscene finger gestures: 157
—simulated sexual activity: 128
—scantily clad women: 70
—urinating (talking about/appearing to): 21

CEA has endorsed McMahon’s opponent, Democrat Chris Murphy.

“Congressman Murphy’s campaign has been such a failure that he’s now counting on Washington insiders and big-money special interests to rescue him from the political abyss,” Todd Abrajano, McMahon’s spokesman said. “No matter how many negative ads the national Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee pays for or how often his third-party Hartford attack dogs falsely attack Linda McMahon, Congressman Murphy will never be able to escape the fact that he is a lazy, dishonest career politician with an ethics problem and no plan to put Connecticut back to work.”

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posted by: Brady0507 | September 28, 2012  9:51am

I see the Democrats/Chris Murphy continue to enlist his union friends and liberal organizations to do his dirty work.  Interesting how this group uses all the Democratic talking points…I am sure there is no coordination…what a joke. 

I am amazed at how all of these liberal groups have a problem with a this genre of entertainment but never step up and denounce the filth Hollywood puts out (could it be because Hollywood fills the Democrat’s pockets with campaign money?).  If Linda McMahon was a Democrat, you would never hear any of these groups criticize her or wrestling and they would call it art, theatrics, drama—which is exactly what wrestling is.

posted by: NoNonsense2012 | September 28, 2012  11:05am

But you don’t have a problem with McMahon lying on application about her background, her own ethics and no plan. And you don’t have a problem with her not wanting to talk about issues, refusal to be interviewed or appear anywhere she can’t stick to her script.

posted by: BootlegCT | September 28, 2012  12:31pm

I’ll grant you that crotch grabbing, profanity, obscene gestures, simulated sex, and urinating could all fall under the realm of art.  Art generally reflects the values of the artist, and as owner and CEO that would be Mrs. McMahon.

posted by: littlemike | October 10, 2012  8:53pm

BootlegCT, but it’s all fine if it’s done by Madonna, Roseann Barr, or “Piss Christ,” right?

posted by: BootlegCT | October 11, 2012  10:58am

@littlemike It’s also fine when it’s done by the McMahons.  What Madonna and Roseanne do also reflects their values and if they were running for office would effect my likelihood to vote for them.  You can’t pretend that what Mrs. McMahon chose to do with her life before running for office is irrelevant.