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Jacobs Staying Out of Political Ring, Leaves Alexander to Other Challengers

“Kane” won’t try to lay the smackdown on Lamar Alexander in 2014.

Professional Wrestler and Tennessee Liberty Alliance co-founder Glenn Jacobs, who goes by that nom de guerre when he’s slapping opponents around the ring , had earlier this year hinted at the possibility that he’d grapple with Alexander for the 2014 GOP U.S. Senate nomination.

However, Kane acknowledged to TNReport during a Rutherford County Campaign for Liberty event in Murfreesboro earlier this week that he’s decided against joining the fracas with state Rep. Joe Carr, who last week announced he was abandoning his run for the 4th district U.S. House seat in favor of taking on Alexander.

Jacobs isn’t planning to run for elected office any time soon, but he said he intends to become more involved in state and local politics.

And while he himself doesn’t feel up to taking on the challenge, Jacobs still believes Alexander needs to go.

“One thing I think we all can agree on is that Sen. Alexander has some real problems for small-government conservatives and libertarians,” Jacobs said. “Despite the fact that he calls himself a conservative, if you look at his record it’s not conservative. Sen. Alexander recently released a letter to the media, an op-ed in the Tennessean, in which he rebutted a letter that 20 Tea Party and Conservative groups in Tennessee signed.”

“It was interesting to me that Sen. Alexander didn’t talk about his actual job,” Jacobs continued, “which is supporting, defending the U.S. Constitution. Instead he talked about all of the great things that he had done, which were all really big government things. And, of course this is a philosophical question, and some people are going to say, well, those are important things, and they are. But his primary job is to defend and support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. That didn’t make it into his letter.”

Jacobs also took a swipe at Tennessee’s other Republican U.S. Senator, Bob Corker, for referring to Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee’s efforts to “defund” Obamacare as “silly.” Corker is cut from a conciliatory cloth similar to Alexander, said Jacobs.

“I’m all for compromise, as long as that compromise moves us towards individual liberty and economic freedom,” said Jacobs. “The problem is now…for almost since the inception of the country, we’ve been compromising in the other way, towards statism, towards less individual freedom and towards controlled markets.”

“If our moderate senators would become more moderate in the direction of liberty, I’d be all for compromise. Unfortunately, they are compromising the other way, and are compromising away our rights and freedoms.”

Press Releases

Pro Wrestler Kane Challenges Ramsey to Tax Debate

Press release from TN Campaign for Liberty; May 15, 2013:

Knoxville, TN – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey is being challenged to a debate on the Internet Sales Tax by professional WWE wrestler and anti-tax activist Glenn Jacobs. In a blog post today Glenn Jacobs (stage name Kane) criticized the Lt. Governor for pushing the Internet sales tax and called for a debate on the topic at the Lt. Governor’s convenience. The blog post can be viewed here:

“Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey claims that the Internet sales tax mandate is not a new tax. Nor, according to Ramsey, is it an unfair tax. Ramsey is wrong on both counts.” Glenn writes. “ I, therefore, invite Lt. Gov. Ramsey for a policy debate on the issue of the Marketplace Fairness Act in a public forum at his convenience.”

In recent weeks Glenn Jacobs has been appearing in various media outlets advocating against the national Internet sales tax mandate with appearances on nationally syndicated terrestrial radio, satellite radio, and local radio stations in Tennessee. Jacobs has written multiple blog posts and op-ed pieces against the national Internet sales tax mandate.

Earlier this week the TN Campaign for Liberty challenged Lt. Gov Ramsey to show he had paid the obscure TN Use Tax for his online purchases after he called the vast majority of Tennesseans “criminals” for not paying it. That release can be viewed here:

The national Internet sales tax mandate will likely come up for a vote in the US House of Representatives later this year. The bill is titled “Marketplace Fairness Act” and is being opposed by the Campaign for Liberty, eBay, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the National Taxpayers Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, Freedomworks, the Heartland Institute, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, and many other conservative figures.

Glenn Jacobs lives with his family in Jefferson City, Tennessee and is a co-founder of the Tennessee Liberty Alliance Mr. Jacobs is a critic of big government and a professional wrestler with the WWE.

Glenn Jacobs can be scheduled for an interview by emailing