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05-17-2012, 07:48 AM #1
Linda McMahon Accused Of Exchanging Wrestlemania Ticket For Political EndorsementA month before endorsing Linda McMahon for U.S. Senate, photos show John Slater, the Republican Town Committee chairman of Bridgeport, mugging for the cameras ringside at WrestleMania XXVIII in South Florida.
Now the campaign of McMahon rival Christopher Shays is publicly calling into question the dynamics of that endorsement, which a spokeswoman for the former congressman and Bridgeport resident characterized as curious.
"I find it interesting that John Slater went to WrestleMania in Miami, and soon after he returned came out and endorsed Linda McMahon," said Amanda Bergen of the Shays campaign.
Slater vehemently denied accepting any kind of freebie from McMahon, saying he attended the April 1 wrestling extravaganza on his own dime. He furnished Greenwich Time with a photo of his Webster Bank statement and his ticket stub from the event showing that he paid $355 for a central riser seat at WrestleMania. The McMahon campaign announced Slater's endorsement May 8.
"If they're insinuating a bribe, which I can prove never happened, that's totally wrong," Slater told Greenwich Time. "If that's the road that his campaign is now taking, it shows another reason why not to vote for him, because it's a lie."
A campaign spokeswoman for McMahon, whose family runs WWE (formerly World Wrestling Entertainment), condemned the Shays campaign for suggesting that Slater was comped at WrestleMania in return for his endorsement.
"Congressman Shays continues to disrespect delegates and leaders across the state with accusations that they can be bought," Erin Isaac wrote in an e-mail to the newspaper on behalf of McMahon.
Slater is one of 95 RTC chairmen to endorse McMahon, who also has the backing of 30 town committees out of the 169 municipalities in Connecticut going into Friday's state Republican convention in Hartford....being a human...