September 21, 2009 | last updated May 26, 2012 8:38 am
EDITORIAL

In The Ring

Maybe U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd should start wearing an athletic cup.

With the announcement last week that World Wrestling Entertainment mogul Linda McMahon plans to seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, video of McMahon apparently kicking a wrestling opponent in the groin resurfaced.

The video first made the rounds after Gov. M. Jodi Rell named McMahon to the state Board of Education, where presumably she has resisted the temptation to pile drive the chairman to the ground when the meetings are moving too slowly.

McMahon will be a serious contender for the nomination, especially with access to a personal fortune -- abliet one that was accumulated through the building of an industry based on violence, sex and alleged steroid use. She says she would mostly pay for her own campaign, only accepting contributions of $100 or less and that she would not accept money from political action committees.

With Dodd reeling from his role in the economic downturn and from charges that he received preferential treatment on mortgage terms, the winner of the GOP nomination has a real shot at getting to Congress.

McMahon, who has stepped down from her position as chief executive officer of WWE, says she is a fiscal conservative who can bring a business perspective to Congress. In her announcement, she noted that she spent three decades helping to grow WWE from a 13-person small business to a "global entertainment company."

"I understand what it takes to balance a budget, create jobs and grow the economy," McMahon said in the statement. "Washington is out of control, and sadly, Senator Chris Dodd has lost his way and our trust. I can't sit by on the sidelines anymore knowing that I have both the experience and the strength to stand up to special interests and bring badly needed change to Washington."

In addition to her obvious business acumen, McMahon seems to bring a political awareness to the fight. On her campaign Web site, she seeks to derail a potential issue: Her failure to vote in a number of recent elections.

In her blog, McMahon writes:

"I missed a general election vote in '06. I missed several local elections. I didn't vote in the '08 presidential primary after John McCain was the presumptive nominee. I regret it, I apologize, and I don't make any excuses for it. I think it's important that leaders be willing to step up and own their mistakes when they make them. That's how I plan to run my campaign, and it's how I intend to represent Connecticut in the U.S. Senate."

If nothing else, McMahon's candidacy will add celebrity pizzazz to a GOP contest so devoid of personality that former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons might just be the most electrifying candidate.

The announcement of her candidacy also overshadowed the start of a fifth GOP campaign -- that of YouTube financial prognosticator Peter Schiff.

The other GOP candidates are state Sen. Sam Caligiuri and former ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley.

Dodd faces a Democratic primary against businessman Merrick Alpert.

Anyway you look at it, the possibility of a Dodd-McMahon steel-cage match is too good to believe.

Just think of the possibilities should McMahon win the nomination and face the embattled Dodd:

In this corner, the First Lady of Fisticuffs, the Crotch-Kicking Queen of the School Board — Linda McMahon.

And in this corner, the Human Punching Bag — Chris Dodd.

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