Linda McMahon leaving WWE for US Senate
Linda will run for a Senate position as a Republican from the state of Connecticut where she and Vince live, and the WWE headquarters is located. The current US Senator from Connecticut is Democrat Christopher Dodd. The election will take place in 2010.
Speculation continues over whether or not WWE's move to more "family friendly" programming was part of the deal here. From LA Times Blogs:
She (linda) has been CEO of WWE since 1997 and is respected on Wall Street. She and her husband have been focusing on making over WWE from a raunch-fest to more family-friendly entertainment, albeit a family that likes to throw each other around a ring and talk in double entendres (for more on how the WWE has been repositioning itself, read our Aug. 24 story). Whether the move toward kinder, gentler wrestling was in part motivated by her political aspirations remains to be seen, but it probably won't hurt.
A position for Linda McMahon on the US Senate would certainly be welcomed by Vince McMahon and the WWE. Having a former company leader in a position of political power surely won't hurt when it comes to government agencies investigating the practices of the sports entertainment company. The move is certainly one which will garner plenty of attention for the WWE, once again. And who knows, maybe even Hornswoggle will be seen at one of those CSPAN-televised meetings, or Linda will begin a Senator divas division and have a grudge match against Hilary Clinton at Wrestlemania 26.