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WWE CEO Linda McMahon to Run for Senate

WWE CEO Linda McMahon to Run for Senate

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The Associated Press via YellowBrix

September 16, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn. — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., the sports entertainment company behind shows such as “Friday Night SmackDown,” said Wednesday that Linda McMahon has resigned as its CEO to seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Connecticut Democrat Christopher Dodd.

McMahon’s husband, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, will assume her duties as chief executive, the company said in a statement.

Linda McMahon, 60, formally announced her candidacy Wednesday morning. She said Washington is “out of control” and Dodd has “lost his way and our trust.”

McMahon is up against three other Republicans — former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, state Sen. Sam Caligiuri and former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley.

Dodd plans to run for a sixth term next year.

Linda and Vince McMahon, a professional wrestler, announcer and promoter, co-founded WWE. Linda McMahon has served as CEO since May 1997 and was the company’s president from May 1993 through June 2000. Vince McMahon has been chairman since 1980.

The Stamford, Conn.-based company produces live and televised wresting events and licenses and sells video games, toys and other retail products. The company’s sales totaled $526.5 million in 2008.


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