For Insight Into McMahon, Look to Her Wrestling Past

One high-profile case shows her effectiveness as executive
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2010 1:34 PM CDT
For Insight Into McMahon, Look to Her Wrestling Past
Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon.   (AP Photo/John Woike, Pool, File)

Politico takes a closer look at would-be Senator Linda McMahon's role in the world of wrestling, specifically at how she defused a high-profile sexual harassment case in the 1990s lodged by a teenage boy against male WWE employees. Views are split on whether she was manipulative or compassionate, but she was certainly effective, and the case illustrates the management style of McMahon, who's running mainly on her record as chief executive of the WWF on the meme that she tamed the industry.

"Whether she (wins) will depend in no small part on the public’s judgment of her role navigating wrestling’s often-lurid scandals and challenges," write Ben Smith and Maggie Haberman. "The 'ring boy” affair is one in a series that suggests that McMahon—businesswoman or cynic, maternal or manipulative—was good at what she did." (Read more Linda McMahon stories.)

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