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Kane's Continued Wrestling Being Used as a Political Football in Mayoral Run

Posted By James Walsh on 07/06/18


Knox News reports that Kane is actually receiving criticism for wrestling while he is currently running for mayor in Knox County, Tennessee. His Democratic opponent Linda Haney said he should be talking with his constituents instead of wrestling, especially with early voting starting on July 13. Election Day is on August 2.

She said: ďI was really stunned to find out he was still pursuing it. I thought it was in the past. I thought in this crucial time heíd want to be here and be with the people. Being an entertainer doesnít 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).Ē

However, Kane defended his decision to continue with his wrestling career and said that if he wins, he will focus solely on his job as mayor. Both current Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and former mayor Mike Ragsdale said Kane was preparing for the job seriously.

Kane added: ďAfter I am elected mayor, Iíll be mayor. (Though) I may still do a few special things. Iíve done it for 23 years now and have quite a history, itíll always be part of my life. I think the question is, if I am taking it seriously, and of course I am. I wouldnít (be running) if not. Iím sure some people will say that (Iím not focused) and some others will say thatís the coolest thing ever. Again, you canít make everyone happy. You just do what you can and thatís it Ö youíre always going to catch criticism no matter what you do.Ē