Glenn Jacobs, a pro wrestler better known as Kane, has put a chokeslam on any remaining speculation that he might wage a primary challenge against Sen. Lamar Alexander next year.
Jacobs, who was rumored earlier this year to be mulling a bid against the senator, told Nashville news site TNReport Wednesday that he would not announce a candidacy. Despite quickly saying he had no plans to challenge Alexander in May, comments and op-eds written by Jacobs led some to speculate he could still be testing the waters and considering.
Jacobs told TNReport that despite stepping away from the prospect of a heavyweight match with the 73-year-old Alexander, he would still seek to be active in state politics.
In recent months, Jacobs has been part of a continuing chorus of conservatives across the state criticizing Alexander for adopting moderate positions on key issues in the Senate. On Thursday, a group called the Tennessee Campaign for Liberty took aim at the two-term senator in a new online video, hosted on a Web domain called PunishLamar.com.
The five-minute, cartoon-themed video seeks to connect votes by Alexander to a liberal political agenda. Among votes mentioned are the senator's support for debate on a recent gun control measure, which he ultimately opposed; a vote to confirm U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; support of a clean air rule; and votes for debt limit increases.
"For a Republican, Sen. Lamar Alexander's voting record is bad, very bad," the video's narrator says.
The video also says Alexander has been able to generate a broad base of support from the state's Republican establishment by promising to fundraise for candidates.
Matt Collins, who is a coordinator with the group, penned a letter saying that Lamar should retire "with dignity," which was circulated by tea party groups earlier this month.
The criticism came on the same day Alexander launched a video of his own in the form of a 60-second TV commercial touting his opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
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