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WWE Challenges Glenn Beck to Step into Ring, Explain Why Wrestling Fans Are Stupid

Michael Caulfield/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Glenn Beck doesn’t like the WWE’s latest storyline, and WWE wants him to come explain why.

The wrestling production company has cast wrestler Jack Swagger as a conservative, tea-party-ish villain with a xenophobic fictional manager, Zeb Coulter, in a Wrestlemania matchup against Latino star Alberto Del Rio. In the ring, Coulter went on a rant against immigrants, standing in front of yellow flags commonly flown at tea-party rallies. That sparked Beck’s ire.

On his show Wednesday, Beck accused WWE of degrading tea partiers with a racist, unrealistic caricature.

“I can take it from a lot of people. I can’t take it from the stupid wrestling people,” Beck said on his show. Beck suggested that WWE risks alienating much of its fan base, supposing WWE fans lean conservative.

WWE, in turn, essentially invited Beck to come tell a WWE audience why he called them stupid.

“WWE has extended an invitation to talk show host and political commentator, Glenn Beck to appear live this Monday on Raw, in response to a segment that aired on TheBlaze TV on Friday,” WWE announced.

WWE went on, explaining its creation of an overtly racist character: “WWE is creating a rivalry centered on a topical subject that has varying points of view.  This storyline was developed to build the Mexican American character Del Rio into a hero given WWE’s large Latino base, which represents 20 percent of our audience.”

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For WWE Fans, No Clothes Barred at Polls

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- A federal judge has decided that wrestling fans in Connecticut can wear World Wrestling Entertainment T-shirts when they go to the polls, ruling that clothing depicting wrestlers' likenesses and the company logo would not be considered an endorsement of Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon, the WWE's former CEO.

U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton on Wednesday ruled that a state law that restricts political advertising within 75 feet of a polling place would not apply to voters wearing WWE clothing.

The lawsuit, brought by the WWE, highlights growing tensions between the multi-million-dollar company and Connecticut Democrats.

The WWE and McMahon's husband, company founder Vince McMahon, say the company has been unfairly maligned during the election, and they have launched a public relations campaign encouraging fans to contact reporters and write letters to the editor of publications attacking the WWE.

In turn, state Democrats accuse the WWE of running a shadow campaign – holding events, running a PR campaign and running stealth ads – and have filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for inappropriate interference in the election.

The WWE filed a suit last week against the state after a spokesman for Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz suggested election workers may ask voters to "cover up a hat, a shirt" bearing a WWE logo when they arrived at the polls.

Just prior to the ruling, Bysiewicz tried stepping back from the comments, issuing a memo that said voters could wear wrestling-themed regalia to the polls.

For Connecticut Democrats, the real danger the WWE poses is not from a wrestling fan wandering into a polling station wearing a "Stone Cold" Steve Austin T-shirt, but instead from the WWE, a wealthy organization which reaches directly into people's homes on an almost daily basis.

The complaint filed with the FEC by the state party alleges that WWE events to be held before and on Election Day, as well as corporate commercials that include Linda McMahon's image, break federal electioneering rules.

McMahon's campaign was adamant that "there was no coordination between us and WWE," said McMahon spokesman Shawn McCoy.

"I think what we're seeing from the Democrats is opportunistic partisan politics," said McCoy. "Despite (Democratic Senate candidate) Dick Blumenthal's reputation as attorney general for suing every company he could sue, he's never taken any action against the WWE."

The WWE echoed McCoy, saying it is "not involved in Linda McMahon's campaign."

Calls to the Blumenthal campaign were referred to the Connecticut state party.

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Republican Ad Invoking JFK Draws Kennedy Ire

Image Courtesy: ABC News.(WEST HARTFORD, Conn.) -- A new ad by a Republican Senate candidate featuring images of President John F. Kennedy arguing for lower taxes has drawn the ire of the Kennedy clan. Edward Kennedy Jr., the nephew of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, posted an angry letter to Linda McMahon, the former WWE CEO and Republican Senate candidate in Connecticut. He calls McMahon's ad “dishonest” and says that using the former president’s image gives McMahon’s tax position a “false legitimacy.” The ad shows clips from President Kennedy in 1962 arguing for income tax reductions as an economic stimulus. McMahon is a supporter of extending the Bush-era tax cuts, set to expire in 2011. Kennedy argues the ad doesn’t mention that marginal income rates in 1962 were 90 percent for amounts over $400,000 -- a rate that stands at 35 percent today. The President Kennedy tax cut footage is becoming a go-to for Republicans. Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts had a similar ad when he won the special election to fill out Sen. Edward Kennedy’s term. In that ad, Kennedy morphed into Brown.

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