For over two decades, Glenn “Kane” Jacobs has dazzled audiences around the world with his physical prowess and skills as one of the foremost entertainers in the realm of World Wrestling Entertainment.
Now, almost 25 years since he began wrestling professionally, Jacobs seems poised to begin a career in politics, perhaps by running for mayor of Knoxville, Tenn., where he resides with his wife and children, and owns a small business.
In an interview with Rare backstage at the Young Americans for Liberty convention in Washington, D.C., Jacobs spoke of the country needing more voices to put young people on a positive path, and hinted that he may be one of them.
“Everybody has a certain touchstone in their life, and that touchstone is that they want a good life for their family, they want a good life for their kids — what everyone is divided about is how to get there,” Jacobs said when asked of the commonality among the people he encounters as he travels the country with the WWE.
Jacobs went on to describe what he believes is the American dream, which taps into his strong libertarian ideology.
“To me, the American dream is the ability to create the life that you want…if we can get back to that, that the American dream is the opportunity, the ability to create the life that you want so long as you’re not hurting anyone else, to live that life…if someone could come along with that message, it’d be awesome.”
When asked if he was the person with that message, Jacobs did not deny rumors that he has been mulling a run for office in his home state of Tennessee.
“I’d always hesitated before because I never thought the timing was right for someone like me, because I am an outsider,” Jacobs explained.
“Now, I think the country is so ready for a change at this point that being an outsider actually plays to my or anyone else in my position’s advantage.”
“There are a lot of people in Washington, D.C., who have a lot of experience, and because of that, we’re 20 trillion dollars in debt.”
After traveling the globe for much his adult life, Jacobs wants to make a difference; after 20-plus years of sacrificing his body for the entertainment of his loyal fans, it might be time to sacrifice his time for the good of the citizens of Knoxville and Tennessee.
“Maybe we need fresh blood and new perspective…I think that’s maybe what people are looking for,” Jacobs said, as rain grew louder outside the media wing at the Catholic University of America.
“Maybe this is naive of me, but I do want to make a difference…I want to make every part of the world a better place to be.”
After a few minutes on the subject, it seemed clear that running for office is certainly on Jacobs’ mind. What office, whether local, state or federal, remained unclear; however, Jacobs’ opinion of the federal government did not.
“It depends,” Jacobs said when asked at what level he would like to run. “I really think that local and state governments are very important. I think that with everything that surrounds federal elections, we lose that [importance].”
If Jacobs were to run, maintaining Tennessee’s prosperous economy seems to be at the top of his list of tasks.
“The more free states are the ones that are going to see an influx of people coming in. In the South, where we have more economic freedom, we’re seeing a migration coming from the North because there are more opportunities where I live in Tennessee, whereas the economies of the Northeast and the Rust Belt aren’t.”
Rumors of Jacobs’ intentions intensified in May 2016 after an interview with WBIR in Tennessee.
“I think the most important thing is I care very deeply about this community, like a lot of people do,” Jacobs told WBIR.
“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.”