The Big Red...Senator from Tennessee?Submitted by Marc Clair on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 14:24
Professional wrestler Glenn Jacobs “Kane” has taken on many different forms throughout his wrestling career. In his early days on the indie circuits he went by the names Angus King, the Christmas Creature (no, really) and Unabomb. After moving to then-WWF in 1995, he wrestled as Dr. Isaac Yankem, DDS and Fake Diesel before finally settling into the role he would have for the next sixteen years and going: the “Big Red Machine” Kane.
I know what you’re thinking: “Isn’t this a liberty website? What’s wrasslin’ got to do with it?”
It just so happens that when he is not donning the mask and portraying Kane, Jacobs is also a staunch libertarian, and it is now rumored that he may consider taking on a new role: that of U.S. Senator.
Reason.com’s Brian Doherty passes along a statement he received from Matt Collins, a political activist who worked with former U.S. Congressman and popular libertarian Ron Paul on his 2012 Presidential Campaign. Collins writes:
As an activist for the cause in Nashville in 2009 I helped launch Rand Paul’s Campaign for US Senate. Rand called me in Feb of that year and wanted my help to get him elected. I am hoping we can do the same for Glenn Jacobs against Senator Lamar Alexander in 2014.
Former Congressman Ron Paul and I have emailed back and forth on this topic quite a bit and he has told me repeatedly “keep telling Glenn we need him to do it. It’s important, he’s exactly the kind of candidate we need.” When Dr. Paul spoke at the Knoxville GOP dinner in April I arranged a private 30-minute meeting with Dr. Paul and Glenn in which the potential candidacy for Senate was discussed.
Although Glenn has been hesitant to jump in the race, thus far, some tea party leaders in Tennessee have already voiced private support for Glenn against Senator Alexander. Obviously if he were to become a candidate that support would increase exponentially. Once Glenn’s breadth of knowledge about economics and his ability to articulate that knowledge becomes widely known, he would be a very formidable challenger. Several of us are working on him daily trying to get him in to the race.
It is understandable why Jacobs would be hesitant to enter the political arena, especially when he earns far more money, not to mention adulation from fans, as a professional wrestler than he ever would as a politician. But there are a few reasons that it makes a lot of sense for Jacobs to step into the political ring and battle it out with an establishment politician like Lamar Alexander.
For starters, Glenn Jacobs is 46 years old. While the shelf life of a professional wrestler can be extended longer than an athlete in a “legitimate” sport due to being scripted, the profession does take a hefty toll on an athlete’s body. After over twenty years and a very successful career in the business, it’s quite possible that Jacobs is considering winding down his in-ring career regardless of his decision on whether or not to enter politics. He has certainly made plenty of money and is likely financially independent enough to pursue whatever hobbies or interests he has once he officially retires from the squared circle.