Kane, aka Glenn Jacobs, recently made a return to WWE TV and his Democratic opponent in the Knox County, Tennessee mayoral race is trying to use that fact to smear him.
“I was really stunned to find out he was still pursuing it,” Democratic nominee Linda Haney told the Knoxville News Sentinel. “I thought it was in the past. I thought in this crucial time he’d want to be here and be with the people. Being an entertainer doesn’t make you a political figure. It may get you some votes, but I believe people want someone with common sense and who is [ready to lead].”
Newsweek pointed out in its article that people still need to make a living while they’re running for mayor. If a doctor runs for mayor, he must still treat patients. A teacher must still teach students. Only once they’re actually elected would it be feasible to give up your occupation and commit more completely to the job at hand. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, so goes the saying.
Speaking to the Sentinel, Jacobs defended his actions and tried to put at ease any who might think he’s not in it to win it.
“After I am elected mayor, I’ll be mayor,” Jacobs said. “I may still do a few special things. 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.”
He continued, “I’m sure some people will say that (I’m not focused) and some others will say that’s the coolest thing ever. Again, you can’t make everyone happy. You just do what you can and that’s it … you’re always going to catch criticism no matter what you do.”
The current mayor of Knox County and a past mayor, both Republicans, also came to the defense of Jacobs.
“As mayor, I am confident he’ll be fully focused on the job,” Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said. “Glenn has gone out of his way over the past year to meet one-on-one with county staff and department directors, and has done a great job learning about Knox County and preparing himself to become mayor on Sept. 1.”
Former mayor Mike Ragsdale concurred.
“I know for a fact how hard he and his team have worked in the last few months,” Ragsdale said. “They have reached out to so many people and asked so many questions and been so thoughtful. I think they’ll hit the ground running.”
Ragsdale also noted that the widely viewed TV appearances could actually be a good way to draw attention to the county.