Glenn “Kane” Jacobs is campaigning for votes ahead of the mayoral election next month in Knox County, TN. His return to WWE television as Daniel Bryan’s tag team partner as part of Team Hell No has drawn some criticism from his Democratic opponent Linda Haney.
Jacobs is heavily favored to win so his opponent is looking for anything that might sway some swing voters in her direction. “I was really stunned to find out he was still pursuing it. I thought it was in the past,” told the Knoxville news Sentinel. Haney added, “I thought in this crucial time he’d want to be here and be with the people.”
Haney went on to say that being an entertainer doesn’t make you a political figure and “It may get you some votes, but I believe people want someone with common sense and who is (ready to lead).”
Jacobs, who is wrestling only a few dates for WWE this year, issued a response. He said, “After I am elected mayor, I’ll be mayor. (Though) I may still do a few special things.” Jacobs added, “I’ve done it for 23 years now and have quite a history, it’ll always be part of my life. I think the question is, if I am taking it seriously, and of course I am. I wouldn’t (be running) if not.”
Jacobs is in the home stretch after winning the Republican primary by just 23 votes. The final election will take place on August 2, just a couple of weeks after Team Hell No challenges for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship at Extreme Rules.