Similar to other sports and areas of fame, clothing is made with pictures or symbols of the famous and infamous stars of wrestling, including those involved with World Wresting Entertainment (WWE) or its past counterparts. A multitude of fans sport wearing apparel with their favorite or most detested wrestler proudly displayed on shirts, slacks, or accessories, such as shoulder bags and wallets. If it sounds like Hollywood, it is. Ask Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Jesse Ventura, or The Rock. Ask Vincent McMahon, WWE Chairman, who, according to ThirdAge, felt the need for a ruling before the General Election on Tuesday.
Reacting to a news report that Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz had advised elections moderators that voters wearing WWE apparel would need to cover it up in order to vote, or leave without voting, Mr. McMahon immediately sought relief for the voters from Bysiewicz’s directives through the Federal courts.
Finding in favor of McMahon’s petition, U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton ruled that neither Bysiewicz nor any election official can interfere with Connecticut’s voting process by impeding the voting rights of those wearing WWE items near or at the November 2, 2010 polls. Bysiewicz, meanwhile, has stated that no directive was made to ban voters with WWE apparel, and confirmed the right to vote is precious and to be protected.She clarified that a challenge will be issued for campaigning within the seventy-five foot limit from the polls, or displaying a picture or name of a candidate.
So what does this have to do with the price of tea in China? According to Epoch Times, McMahon’s wife, former WWE president Linda McMahon, resigned her position to run for U.S. Senate against Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Many articles of wearing apparel have been sold with her name, picture, or logo. As with any other candidate or issue, entering the seventy-five foot boundary from the polls with any item displaying a campaign message is forbidden. I believe we might see a challenge of the law, and with the way the campaigns are going, it could be by either side, just to create havoc.
As with so many other things, we will have to wait and see. Meanwhile, kudos to the State of Connecticut, Secretary of State Bysiewicz, the Honorable Janet Bond Arterton, and WWE Chairman Vincent McMahon, for providing the world with the reminder that the United States has a system in place to resolve issues such as this in a peaceful manner. That system allows us to save the headlocks and body slams for the ring, where they belong.
ThirdAge News Staff, WWE Clothing & Apparel Allowed at CT Polls
Jack Phillips, WWE Fans Can Wear Memorabilia to Connecticut Polls, Judge Rules
Some information and opinions based on the author’s own experince