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WWE boss Linda McMahon runs for U.S. Senate in Connecticut

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A preview to the upcoming Connecticut race for U.S. Senate, or simply World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler Victoria using a choke hold on Stacy Keibler in Bridgeport? (AP)

If ever there were a whacked-out plot too big even for the squared circle of wrestling, a real-life bid for political glory is it, right?

OK, maybe not.

Looks like World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon has resigned as the company's chief executive to seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Connecticut Democrat Christopher Dodd. There's an announcement flying off the ropes.

McMahon's husband, Chairman Vince, will assume her duties as CEO, the company said in a statement.

Linda McMahon, 60, formally announced her candidacy Wednesday morning. She said Washington is "out of control" and Dodd has "lost his way and our trust."

McMahon is up against three other Republicans -- former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, state Sen. Sam Caligiuri and former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley. Dodd plans to run for a sixth term next year.

Linda and Vince McMahon, a professional wrestler, announcer and promoter, co-founded WWE together. Linda McMahon has served as CEO since May 1997 and served as the company's president from May 1993 through June 2000. Vince McMahon has been chairman since 1980.

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