In response to a pair of tough new attacks ad by Democrat Chris Murphy and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Corry Bliss, manager of Republican Linda McMahon’s U.S. Senate campaign, lashed back.
“In the six years that Chris Murphy has been in Congress, he’s certainly learned a few tricks of the professional politician trade,” Bliss wrote in an email to supporters sent Wednesday morning.
“You can see exactly what Congressman Murphy has learned by watching his false, negative attack ads against Linda. He’s learned that his only shot at winning a seat in the U.S. Senate is by distracting voters from his own failed record in elected office. But you’re smarter than that, because you know that Congressman Murphy is wrong on defense, wrong on jobs, and wrong for Connecticut.”
The WWE also weighed in with a lengthy fact sheet that arrived in my in-box hours before the ad went up. The Stamford-based entertainment company says it did lay off 10 percent of its workforce in 2009, “due to one of the worst economic downturns in history,” but says it has since hired and now employs about 700 people, 100 more than it did three years ago.
The company also fought back against charges that it does not provide health care to its employees.
“All 700 full-time WWE employees have always had health insurance as well as generous benefits provided by WWE. All WWE in-ring performers, ‘Superstars,’ also have health insurance as a requirement of their contract with WWE. In addition, WWE pays for all medical treatment related to any in-ring related injuries and associated rehabilitation costs,” the company said.
“Like professional golfers and tennis players or entertainers such as actors and singers, WWE performers are independent contractors and are personally responsible for acquiring their own health insurance. The average compensation for our main-roster full-time Superstar is $250,000/year and no full-time performer makes less than $100,000 easily enabling them to afford health insurance.”
Meanwhile, McMahon released a new ad of her own Wednesday. Watch it here: