Linda McMahon Attacked For WWE Steroid Abuse In New Ad

Oct 22, 2010 | Updated May 25, 2011

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is seeking to put a chokehold on Connecticut's Linda McMahon with a new ad targeted directly at the WWE's grim past of steroid abuse.

Though the ad doesn't mention the WWE directly, the second in a week that has shied from using the company's name, it highlights a 1989 memo written by now-Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon informing a ringside doctor who had been providing steroids to wrestlers that an investigation was forthcoming.

"That's Linda McMahon. A bad CEO. A worse Senator," the ad concludes.

The employee, Dr. George T. Zahorian III, was eventually sentenced to three years in prison for providing anabolic steroids to McMahon's employees. The company's issues with steroids, drug abuse, and the premature death of their performers would continue for years, however.

The spot comes just days after Connecticut Democrats began lobbying for a federal elections investigation into a supposed connection between McMahon and a recent political initiative launched by the WWE called "Stand up for WWE."

HuffPost Pollster's latest analysis of the contest shows Democrat Richard Blumenthal expanding his lead over McMahon. He holds a 10 point advantage in the latest poll.