The Hartford Courant‘s Daniela Altimari, at the Capitol Watch blog, notes that Senator Richard Blumenthal has announced he is co-sponsoring Senator Tom Udall’s bill to strengthen football helmet safety standards:
Blumenthal, a freshman Democrat, frequently voiced concern about the impact of concussions on professional wrestlers during his hard-fought campaign against former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon. He even brought to Hartford the father of a wrestler who killed himself and his family after suffering head injuries during performances.
Blumenthal has been under pressure from one prominent critic of the WWE, California-based writer Irv Muchnick, to take a higher profile role in the debate over how to combat head injuries in sports and professional wrestling.
See “Blumenthal calls for higher safety standards for youth football helmets,” http://blogs.courant.com/capitol_watch/2011/03/blumenthal-calls-for-higher-sa.html.
“Memo to Waxman, Udall, Blumenthal: An Agenda for Hearings on the National Concussion Crisis,” March 11, http://wrestlingbabylon.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/memo-to-waxman-udall-blumenthal-an-agenda-for-hearings-on-the-national-concussion-crisis/
“WWE critic: Blumenthal should repay supporters with involvement in sports concussion controversy” (Manchester Journal Inquirer, March 15, http://wrestlingbabylon.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/wwe-critic-blumenthal-should-repay-supporters-with-involvement-in-sports-concussion-controversy/