Well, this is different.
Now that a WWE Hall of Famer is preparing to take the White House, a fellow honoree wants to take over Houston.
Booker T., a wrestling legend and Houston native, said Saturday night that he’s in to challenge incumbent Mayor Sylvester Turner in the 2019 election.
“You heard it, 2020 I’m preparing,” Booker said during his radio show. “I’m preparing myself to run for mayor of the city.”
Booker T. even took to Twitter to push the run, which would see a winning candidate inaugurated in 2020.
Turner took office in January. It’s unclear exactly what prompted Booker T. (real name Booker T. Huffman) to announce his intention to run.
But, the idea of breaking into politics prompted WWE superstar Rhyno (Terrance Gerin) to offer up that Booker T. would be a fantastic mayor.
“You are over qualified for the job,”said Gerin, who made an unsuccessful bid for the Michigan House of Representatives. “Wrestling not only prepares you for life but it prepares you for positions like that because you feel the emotion from the people you know what they want, you’ve built yourself from where you were to where you’re at now.”
Hard to know if he was being serious or not, but at the risk of being the guy who answers rhetorical questions, I’ll just simply point out that this job isn’t as easy as it looks. It’s also not clear whether the next election will be in 2019 or 2017 given the ongoing litigation over the term limits referendum; Lord knows the Supreme Court has had no compunctions about meddling in the city’s electoral affairs. I like Mayor Turner, but even if I didn’t, I’m exactly the wrong person to feel excitement about a potential novelty/celebrity candidate. By all means get involved, Booker T, just please do so on the basis of something other than simply being Booker T. Ken Hoffman has more.