Vince McMahon's wife to grapple for Senate seat

Posted: September 17, 2009

PANDERING TO the masses. Weird hairstyles. Public battles choreographed by power brokers behind the scenes. Chest-beating bravado. Hitting below the belt.

Gee, Congress is like pro wrestling.

So why shouldn't World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon throw her name into the Republican ring to run against Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd? The five-term incumbent Democrat is seen as vulnerable, and four other contenders, including a Democrat, have come out swinging, too.

But have they ever kicked a man in the groin?

McMahon has. Her antics at WWE events, along with her husband and WWE co-founder Vince McMahon, would seem to indicate a tough lady who can play to the cheap seats.

As for the WWE's unsavory history - rife with sexism, drug abuse and extreme tackiness - Linda McMahon, who serves on the Connecticut Board of Education, pointed out that WWE events are PG-rated and viewed by 16 million people every week.

"The product of WWE is currently very separate from the issues that are facing this country," she said. "We've got this unbelievable debt. We've got people out of work . . . I hope that the focus in this campaign will be on the serious nature of the issues that are facing this country."

Awww, we'd rather focus on an Undertaker-Stone Cold Steve Austin rematch!

Swayze speaks

Patrick Swayze's memoir, "The Time of My Life," arrives in bookstores Sept. 29, barely two weeks after his death Monday from pancreatic cancer.

He wrote the book with his wife, Lisa Nieme, because "he wanted to see if he had lived a good life," Judith Curr, publisher of Atria Books, said on the "Today" show yesterday.

He certainly crafted a good death, becoming a public advocate for cancer research and continuing to act in A&E's well-received drama "The Beast" after receiving a cancer diagnosis 20 months ago.

Now queue up the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody." Here's what Swayze told his wife when they renewed their wedding vows last year:

"Together, we've created journeys that were beyond anything we could imagine. We have ridden into the sunset on a white stallion, countless times. We've tasted the dust in the birthplaces of religions. Yet you still take my breath away. I'm still not complete until I look in your eyes. You are my woman, my lover, my mate and my lady. I've loved you forever, I love you now and I will love you forevermore."

Sob.

A fierce battle

Clothier-to-the-teens Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is suing Beyonc Knowles over . . . the word "fierce"?

She's signed with Coty to create a signature fragrance that may be named after her alter ego, Sasha Fierce. A&F says in a federal lawsuit filed this week that it has owned a trademark for Fierce, its men's fragrance, since 2002.

Maybe she could name it after her husband. A splash of Hova, anyone?

Burt Reynolds rehabbing

Actor Burt Reynolds has checked into a rehab facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., to be treated for an addiction to painkillers. Reynolds' manager, Erik Kritzer, said that the "Smokey and the Bandit" star, 73, was struggling after back surgery and "realized that he was in the prison of prescription pain pills."

Stork club

"American Idol" alum Bo Bice and

wife Caroline told People they'll have a third son Jan. 31, joining Aidan Michael, 4, and Caleb James, 13 months. "The rock triad will now be complete," Bice's rep joked. At least we think he was joking.

_ How's this for ace casting? Jenna Elfman and her husband, Bodhi, are having a baby, their second. She has a new TV show, "Accidentally on Purpose," in which she plays a pregnant woman. The show starts Monday on Channel 3. What will they do if it's renewed next season?

Bennett among Albom's friends

Singer Tony Bennett will join author and Haddon Township, N.J., native Mitch Albom to launch Albom's book "Have A Little Faith" (Hyperion Books) during "An Intimate Evening with Mitch Albom & Friends" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Park Hyatt hotel at the Bellevue.

The night of storytelling, anecdotes and music will be preceded by a VIP reception. Tix are $50, $150 VIP. Proceeds benefit three charities reflecting the theme of the book - Project HOME, Jewish Family and Children's Service and the Rabbi Lewis Memorial Fund at Temple Beth Sholom of Cherry Hill. Contact www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745- 3000.

Howard Gensler is on assignment.

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