In a recent interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, former Connecticut congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Chris Shays criticized the business of his Republican primary opponent, former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon. “Folks in Connecticut are not likely to elect someone whose business is violence, bullying, degradation of minorities and women,” Shays said. “That kind of marks her.”
In response, WWE has written a letter to Shays asking him to issue a "public apology and an assurance that you will not continue to unfairly denigrate our company." Read the full letter here.
WWE senior vice president Robert Zimmerman tells TWS that his company is simply trying to "correct factual inaccuracies." He did not indicate whether WWE would pursue legal action against Shays.
Zimmerman first sent McMahon's primary opponent a letter in January urging him to "stick to factual statements about our organization and brand." Shays had previously stated in interviews that the WWE "promotes bullying" and that "41 people 50 years and younger have died" working for the company.
McMahon resigned as CEO of the WWE in 2009, before launching her first, unsuccessful run for Senate, having co-founded the company with her husband Vince in 1980. The Shays campaign did not immediately respond with a comment.