WWE superstars mulls a run for political office
KNOXVILLE – Professional Wrestler Glenn Jacobs is looking to throw his hat into a new type of arena: the political one.
Jacobs, who wrestlers under the handle “Kane,” said he is “seriously considering” a run as a Republican for the Knox County mayoral seat in 2018, but will make a final decision after the upcoming presidential election toward the end of the year.
In the meantime, he’s met with a number of people in the community, including Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, to talk governmental shop.
“Yes, I’ve talked about it with some folks but there’s nothing too solid yet,” he told WBIR 10News. “Mayor Burchett’s term is coming up and I think he’s been really good for Knox County.”
Jacobs added: “I think the most important thing is I care very deeply about this community, like a lot of people do. And that’s the only reason I would consider getting into any sort of government because I do care very deeply. And I think it’s incumbent upon people who care about the communities to try to make a difference.”
Billed as the 7-foot tall, 300 pound “Big Red Machine,” the sometimes masked villain (and sometimes fan favorite), has spent almost 25 years fighting in the squared circle of professional wrestling, mostly under the World Wrestling Entertainment umbrella
He’s also an actor, having starred in the horror films “See No Evil” and its sequel.
And, the former WWE Champion, owns Jacob Insurance Associates, an insurance brokerage in the Halls community.
Jacobs, 49, and his wife, Crystal, were married in August 1995 and have two children.
They have lived in East Tennessee since 1995, and moved to Knoxville three years ago.
“I could live anywhere, but the reason I live in Knoxville is that I love it here – I love East Tennessee,” he said. “I love the people. I think they have great values and I think they have common sense. And for me, the political philosophy should reflect that – to keep Knox County a great place to live and a great place to raise a family.”
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