On Tuesday, World Wrestling Entertainment sent a letter to the Senate campaign of Chris Shays asking the former Connecticut congressman to publicly apologize for alleging that WWE promotes bullying and violence. Shays contends that these practices reflect on his Republican primary Senate opponent, Linda McMahon, who co-founded WWE and was its CEO until 2009.
While WWE senior vice president Robert Zimmerman has called such characterizations "factual inaccuracies," the Shays campaign argues the evidence says otherwise.
"Anyone who does a quick YouTube search on Linda McMahon's family business can see that WWE has a long history of promoting violence, bullying and degradation of women and minorities," said Shays spokeswoman Amanda Bergen in a press release.
Bergen provides links to videos--here, here, and here--showing various examples from past WWE television events, as well as an archive interview of McMahon where she tells Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, "we like what we do."
Update: The McMahon campaign responds in an email: "Candidate Shays will say anything to get elected. Candidate Shays has gone to great lengths to run from Congressman Shays' 21-year record — all in hopes of appealing to the same electorate that threw him out of office in 2008. In recent weeks, Candidate Shays has changed his position, distorted his record, or promised not to make the same mistakes again on a myriad of fiscal issues."