World Wrestling Entertainment star Glenn Jacobs, known to fans by his stage-name Kane, is reportedly weighing a primary challenge against Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderObamaCare quietly leaves mark on Medicare despite repeal push GOP governors confront Medicaid divide A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (R-Tenn.).
Jacobs, who currently resides in Knoxville, Tenn., has been moderately active in libertarian politics, acting as an outspoken opponent of an Internet sales tax and endorsing Ron Paul during the 2008 election.
In a recent letter, Jacobs described the Internet sales tax legislation— which Alexander supports — as the "Fraudulent Marketplace Fairness Act."
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The WWE website lists Jacobs, aka Kane, as 7 feet tall and 323 pounds. He has been a WWE champion and WWE tag team champion, and his signature move is the "chokeslam." His official wrestling biography describes Kane as "a monstrous abomination that seems to have been extracted directly from your childhood nightmares."
Alexander's vote for the financial bailout and his bottom-10 score from the conservative Club for Growth last session have brought him criticism from conservatives, making him potentially vulnerable to a primary challenge.
But he has nearly every member of the Tennessee congressional delegation supporting his campaign and the bench of candidates to run against Alexander in the state is short.
It's not unheard-of for wrestling and politics to mix.
Jesse Ventura, a longtime World Wrestling Federation star ran for, and won, Minnesota governor in the early 2000s. WWE CEO Linda McMahon twice ran unsuccessfully for Senate in Connecticut.