‘The Mind’ Disturbs Peace of Mind in Minnesota Senate Race
The possibility that former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura could step into this year’s tight Senate race is worrying state GOP officials, the Minnesota Monitor reported yesterday.
Ventura — a former professional wrestler, sometime actor, sometime author, and all-around character — is currently promoting a new book, “Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me.” But he’s made clear that he’s satisfied with neither the incumbent, Sen. Norm Coleman (R ), nor his challenger, former Saturday Night Live comedian Al Franken (D).
In an interview with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer on Monday, Ventura skewered both candidates as unfit for the job:
BLITZER: Let’s talk about Minnesota, your home state. You were the governor of Minnesota. There’s a very important Senate contest that’s going to happen this year, Al Franken, the comedian, now a serious Democratic politician, vs. the incumbent, Norm Coleman. Who do you support?
VENTURA: Well, neither. You have got Norm Coleman, who is a chicken hawk. He wouldn’t serve in Vietnam. He protested against it. Now he’s rubber-stamped George Bush every vote he wanted for the war in Iraq.
Then you have got Al Franken, a carpetbagger. He hasn’t lived in Minnesota for 30 years. I would be surprised if he even had a Minnesota driver’s license. And, if he does, he just recently got it.
With the race tightening up in recent months (election analyst Charlie Cook now calls it a toss-up), Minnesota’s Republican Party Chairman Ron Carey issued an e-mail Wednesday using the Ventura threat as a hook to solicit donations.
Dear Supporters,Just when you thought the 2008 campaign couldn’t get more unpredictable, Former Governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura says that he has not ruled out running for senate - and we need your help to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Ventura alluded to a possible run while promoting his latest book, and spreading his radical view that the government is covering up the real cause of the collapse of the World Trade Center in 2001 and that the CIA is conspiring to keep him out of power.
It is patriotic and responsible Minnesotans like you, not the CIA, who will keep Ventura and the leftist Democrat candidate Al Franken out of the United States Senate. Please make a contribution to the Minnesota Republican Party today, to ensure that we have the necessary resources to keep our senate seat safe.
Minnesota cannot afford to relive the mistakes of the Ventura administration. The Former Governor’s legacy includes major tax increase proposals and major embarrassments. Results which blatantly contradicted campaign promises to lower taxes and decrease the size of governemnt. Please make your donation today to make sure that true fiscal conservatives represent Minnesota in Washington.
Thank you for your support.
Sincerely,Ron CareyChairmanMinnesota Republican PartyP.S. Please make your most generous donation today to help us defend our senate seat from radicals like Al Franken and Jesse Ventura. Thank you!
And then Ventura body-slammed him.