So are you of legal voting age and live in Connecticut? Do you wear your RandyOrton gas mask t-shirt frequently? Will you be voting for Senate?
If you answered yes to all of these things – guess what? Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz has decided to ban you from wearing that horrible John Cena t-shirt at the polls. Nexus armbands too. That's right – you will be turned away before getting to cast your vote – whatever it may be. Apparently, wearing a WWE item, in their eyes, could be interpreted as a solicitation on behalf of Linda and her campaign. As a result, voters who are wearing WWE shirts or caps must either remove them or cover them up before entering of within 75 feet of the polling place.
Vince McMahon took to his website asking fans to stand up for WWE and for voting rights. (Check out the Twitter account @StandUpForWWE). McMahon said “I believe WWE fans, the organization, and its superstars are being discriminated against, by elitist government officials and some members of the media. Denying you your right to vote, denying you your First Amendment rights is un-American, unconstitutional, and blatantly discriminatory against you our WWE Universe.”
TMZ is reporting that Vince has filed a lawsuit in court claiming Bysiewicz had no right to ban WWE clothing from the polls. I support that decision as a WWE fan and a voting member of this country. I will wear whatever I want to cast my vote – be lucky enough I am going, with the voting turnout in this country as abysmal as it is.
Take a look at what Vince has to say:
Anyone else think this is outrageous, quite retarded, and a violation of your rights? Were people turned away in California if they were wearing a Terminator t-shirt when Gov. Schwarzenegger was running?? No? Exactly. Hit the comments.
UPDATE: Right after this post was published, WWE.com released the following statement:
STAMFORD, Conn. – “The moment Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz issued an un-American, unconstitutional and discriminatory directive prohibiting voters from wearing WWE merchandise at the polls, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal should have immediately stepped in to enforce the law. As a result of the Attorney General’s inaction, I brought suit to enforce these basic, fundamental constitutional rights. Within hours of filing the lawsuit, Blumenthal recused himself, and Bysiewicz reversed her position and immediately notified all Local Registrar of Voters and Town Clerks via email. I am pleased that Connecticut voters have had their freedom of expression and their right to vote restored,” said Vince McMahon, Chairman and CEO, World Wrestling Entertainment.
Good to see a little hardball pays off.