Free Minds & Free Markets

Glenn Jacobs, Professional Wrestler and Libertarian, Wins His Race for Mayor

Burn victim. Demon. Half-brother to The Undertaker. Knox County Mayor.

|||Twitter/@GlennJacobsTN Twitter/@GlennJacobsTNThe next mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, will be a Big Red Monster. Glenn Jacobs, better known to pro wrestling fans as Kane, secured a victory last night against Democratic challenger Linda Haney.

Prior to announcing his mayoral candidacy in April 2017, Jacobs spent a long and seasoned career as a WWE star. He has also had a long and seasoned career as a libertarian writer and activist. In a 2009 open letter to Chuck Norris, he encouraged the onscreen Texas ranger to back measures to "End the Fed," mirroring Ron Paul's denunciations of the Federal Reserve. (Jacobs can be seen on the bottom of the page wearing a "Ron Paul Revolution" shirt.) Jacobs' byline has appeared on several libertarian and quasi-libertarian websites, including the Future of Freedom Foundation,, and Rare. He spoke at the Young Americans for Liberty's annual conference in both 2016 and 2017, and he has made several television appearances with the likes of Kennedy and Andrew Napolitano. He also co-founded a pro-market organization called the Tennessee Liberty Alliance.

Though he ran as a Republican, Jacobs' campaign included many libertarian-friendly messages. During a May debate, for example, he argued that the Knox County government could not simply "incarcerate [its] way out of" the opioid crisis. After he entered the mayoral race last year, he told Rare that running for such offices is important to the liberty movement because change is most effective on the local level:

One hopes that Jacob's new job will not overshadow his other responsibilities. He has yet to make it clear whether he will continue to serve out his term as the devil's favorite demon.

Photo Credit: Twitter/@GlennJacobsTN

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  • Rich||


  • JesseAz||

    Thank god he wasn't running against the Bludgeon Brothers.

  • Just Say'n||

    You know who else was a professional wrestler?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Jesse "The Body" Ventura?

  • Cy||


  • Just Say'n||

    In this case the answer is Hitler. Pretty sure he write a book on grappling called "My Struggle". Saw him at Wrestlemania one year

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    That guy was such a coward. As soon as he started to lose, he made some excuse about leaving the oven on, and ran out of there.

  • Giant Realistic Flying Tiger||

    His name is JOHN CENA!

  • Wizard4169||

    I hear Honest Abe was quite the wrassler in his younger days, but I don't think he ever turned pro.

  • Just Say'n||

    Ha, he was a Ron Paul supporter and has written at Surprised his election win was even covered here

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    The important question is, how does he feel about Trump? I am holding my emotions in check until I get an answer to this most important question of our age.

  • Mcgoo95||

    He once wrestled Trump, who after 3 rounds managed to body slam and then proceeded to scalp him and wear his hair as a trophy. Which he still wears to this day.

  • Mike Laursen||

    Good on him.

    As far as I know libertarian news sources, such as Reason didn't report on it at all, but John Inks, a Libertarian Party member, has served on the city council and was mayor of Mountain View, CA, one of the most liberal/progressive cities in the country. He's just decided to come out of retirement and run for city council again to better fight against things like our local rent control ordinance.

  • SIV||


  • Wizard4169||

    That's bad enough, but please just don't even mention Isaac Yankem, DDS.

  • Nihil||

    Don't forget about Barry Horowitz.

  • Wizard4169||

    I was a longtime fan of Kane even before I learned about his libertarian-leaning politics. I am so damn happy right now, I could set something on fire.

  • Nihil||

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Only a libertarian would run for mayor of a county.

  • Jim Logajan||

    I was ignorant of the fact that counties could be be organized such that they have an executive branch, with a mayor as head, but according to Wikipedia that is the case with Knox County, TN.


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