Minnesota Libertarians: Just Say No to Jesse Ventura

English: Image of Gov Jesse Ventura

English: Image of Gov Jesse Ventura (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As he does every four years, former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura has recently publicly mulled a run for the presidency of the United States. This time, he says any such run would take place on the Libertarian Party’s ballot line.

The Libertarian Party of Minnesota’s executive committee isn’t buying. In a press release issued this morning, the LPNM EC states:

Due to conflict and contrast to core principles of the Libertarian Party of Minnesota, including but not limited to his proven legacy of government growth having measurable negative economic impacts that last to this day, the LPMN Executive Committee hereby declares that former (Reform Party/Independence Party) Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, shall not receive support from this body at any point in his potential bid to become the 2016 Presidential nominee of the Libertarian National Committee.

We furthermore request that the LNC not invite Mr. Ventura to appear at the 5/28/16 national convention nor participate in the 4/1/16 televised Fox Business News LNC Presidential debate.

Read the whole thing — complete with reasons for the position — here.

19 thoughts on “Minnesota Libertarians: Just Say No to Jesse Ventura

  1. Shawn Levasseur

    From everything I’ve heard from him on the topic, I don’t think he has any real intention of running.

    If he does, he will quickly find out that a campaign strategy of, “Here I am, nominate me” just will not fly.

    Not sure if it’s appropriate for a state party to formally comment on a prospective candidate. In perspective, not such a big deal, as I feel that the individual leaders of the MN LP could have done so on their own.

  2. Caryn Ann Harlos

    Love seeing another affiliate take a stand. The affiliates need to seriously start asserting their autonomy and decision making within the broad boundaries we have with national which consist primarily of affirming the Statement of Principles and acting accordingly. My position on that needs no explication, it is clear.

    Good for them. Reminds me of the resolutions I saw of Idaho and Florida concerning W.A.R.

  3. Election Addict

    I only wonder why he thinks he’s a Libertarian, and I speak as a non-Libertarian and supporter of him regardless. If he loses the Libertarian nomination his message may fall with that. He ought to run independent, and I think he’d reach as many as can be expected. He could have a good chance with Greens but Stein’s the clear choice this year (and that’s good).

    But then I get it, he probably had the thought why not just support the Libertarian or Green in the end. Pfft I say.

  4. Steve Scheetz

    Well, it was stated outright. They have had to deal with policies implemented when Governor Ventura was in office. I think that if any group has the ability to see what he can do in such a situation, it would be made up of people living in Minnesota. To be honest, I am thrilled to see this coming from them! It is very… What is the word… oh yes… LIBERTARIAN!

    Sincerely,

    Steve Scheetz

  5. Andy

    “Election Addict
    March 25, 2016 at 05:08
    I only wonder why he thinks he’s a Libertarian, and I speak as a non-Libertarian and supporter of him regardless.”

    Jesse Ventura does hold a lot of libertarian views, he’s just not consistent, and therefore not a solid libertarian.

    Like I’ve said here before, Jesse Ventura falls somewhere around the border of upper Centrist and lower Libertarian on the Nolan Chart.

    “If he loses the Libertarian nomination his message may fall with that. He ought to run independent,”

    He’d have to do ballot access petition drives in every state plus DC to get on the ballot nationally as an independent. This is very difficult and would require a lot of money and organization to make it happen.

  6. Caryn Ann Harlos

    ==To be honest, I am thrilled to see this coming from them! It is very… What is the word… oh yes… LIBERTARIAN!==

    Yes. The affiliates need to re-see their own strength.

    The saddest comment I saw here was unwittingly from Tom Knapp (it was the observation that was sad, not the person) when he was disagreeing with LPCO’s decision….. he said it shouldn’t be surprising that an affiliate took this stand. What should be surprising is that only ONE affiliate took this stand.

    And that is sad.

  7. Jill Pyeatt

    I’m considering writing one for the CA convention next weekend, although I think time will be a big issue and we probably couldn’t get to it.

  8. Election Addict

    Andy: “He’d have to do ballot access petition drives in every state plus DC to get on the ballot nationally as an independent. This is very difficult and would require a lot of money and organization to make it happen.”

    Yes, that’s fair. I remembered that after posting. Very late night.

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  10. Sean Scallon

    I’m curious who the Libertarians he talks to are to make him think he can just waltz into the convention and come out with the nomination.

    Bottom line is he turned his back on the LP when he had a chance to join in the 1990s. Now maybe at the time it wasn’t worth joining but to try and claim its loyalties now is, like Jesse himself, self-serving. Celebrity candidate? You haven’t seen nothing yet,

  11. Jill Pyeatt

    I’m actually trying to get some info as to who invited Jesse to run. I know that Carla Howell has confirmed that top members in a “non-official” capacity encouraged him to run, although if they told him the convention was in June, that might be a telling detail.

    Does anyone know who invited him, even if it’s just a rumor as to who did it? I really want to know if it was serious and, if it was, if the individual or individuals still think it’s a good idea.

  12. Nicole Farr

    JESSE VENTURA is too good for you shills anyway. Go ahead and elect Zionist Gary Johnbutt!! Support Israel, a nation that forcibly gave Ethiopian Jews contraceptive which reduced their birth rate by 50% over a decade.

  13. Andy

    Couldn’t Jesse join the party the day of the convention and then be eligible to run?

  14. Dan Smith

    Then he’d be a liar.

    Sorry, I did say I was leaving, but I had to say that before I do. On my way now. Sorry again that I just jumped into the comments without asking permission first. Very rude and presumptuous of me.

  15. Andy

    “Dan Smith
    May 13, 2016 at 07:27
    Then he’d be a liar.”

    Or he could be a person who changed their mind on an issue.

    I am not saying that he will do this, or that he should do this, I’m just saying that he could change his mind and decide to run.

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