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After Rahm's 'Retarded,' New Political Controversy Brewing in Wrestling World

After controversy blew up this week over Rahm Emanuel derogatory use of the word "retards," a candidate for Senate in the Connecticut GOP primary is taking issue with his party rival for her role in depicting people with disabilities in the world of wrestling.

Rob Simmons is prodding his Republican opponent, Linda McMahon, the former CEO of the World Wrestling Entertainment, for the WWE's introduction in 2004 of a character with mental handicaps, who then was beaten and stomped in a steel cage.

When viewers complained after the character, "Eugene," was introduced in 2004, the WWE said they wanted him to be a "hero" and encourage "other people with disabilities to strive to achieve their dreams."

The Plum Line blog reports that Simmons intends to "demand that she account for it."

Remarks and actions against those with disabilities by politicians were brought to a head earlier this week when it was reported that last summer White House chief of staff called Democrats who oppose a health care measure "f---ing retarded."

This week, former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin blasted Emanuel for the comment. He subsequently apologized and met with advocates for people with disabilities.

And Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry's chief consultant is under fire for using the "R" word in a conference call regarding details of the Texas GOP gubernatorial candidates' first debate.