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Kane responds to criticism over wrestling during mayoral campaign


With him returning to WWE television in the lead-up to next month's mayoral election, Glenn Jacobs (Kane) has received some criticism from his Democratic opponent.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ran a story this morning where they spoke to Jacobs and Democrat Linda Haney about Jacobs continuing to wrestle during their race to decide the next mayor of Knox County, Tennessee. “I was really stunned to find out he was still pursuing it. I thought it was in the past,” Haney said. “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).”

Jacobs responded by saying that his schedule with WWE is "sporadic," that it isn't different than if he had any other job, and that it doesn't have an impact on his preparation. He also left the door open to still make special appearances for WWE if he wins the election.

“After I am elected mayor, I’ll be mayor. (Though) I may still do a few special things,” Jacobs said. “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.

“I’m sure some people will say that (I’m not focused) and some others will say that’s the coolest thing ever,” Jacobs said. “Again, you can’t make everyone happy. You just do what you can and that’s’re always going to catch criticism no matter what you do.”

The past two mayors of Knox County, who are both Republicans, spoke supportively of Jacobs in the News Sentinel's article.

Jacobs won May's Republican primary by just 23 votes but is expected to easily defeat Haney in the August 2 election. Before it takes place, Kane & Daniel Bryan will be challenging for The Bludgeon Brothers' SmackDown Tag Team titles at Extreme Rules in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 15.