Erroneous reports yesterday suggested former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura had filed an intent to run for President as a member of the Green Party. Ventura has taken to Twitter to dispel the rumors:
Throughout my life, “journalists” have written salacious click bait articles about me & now I see misleading tweets in hopes that I comment directly to them to correct their errors so they get a bump in their feed. Not playing that game. Earn your paycheck. Verify something. Anything. Let’s start with: No, I haven’t filed to run for office. Do some fact checking before you state that I’m taking someone on. It’s called ENDORSING a political party. READ the tweets. They’re self explanatory. VOTE GREEN.
Earlier in the day, Ventura, a former professional wrestler and Navy SEAL, announced his support for the Green Party, tweeting:
I keep getting asked who I’m voting for, if I’m going to endorse anyone, if I’m going to run. Let me be clear: I have ZERO confidence in Democrats and Republicans. I refuse to vote for “the lesser of two evils” because in the end, that’s still choosing evil. That doesn’t mean I won’t be voting. If you want to know my “down ballot” it’s the Green Party. I’m voting Green all the way and if you’re looking to me for guidance, then do some research. Look into who is running GREEN in your state and VOTE THEM IN. You want change? VOTE. That’s the only way to get the pencil pushers, the chicken hawks, the draft dodgers with so called “bone spurs” OUT OF WASHINGTON in 2020.
Ventura, who was elected governor as a member of the Minnesota affiliate of the Reform Party in 1998 and encouraged Donald Trump’s 2000 run for the Reform Party presidential nomination, holds a general disdain for political parties overall:
I’d rather we have no political parties at all, run on what you stand for as an individual. That’s my pie in the sky scenario. In the meantime? What I’ve seen from Green candidates as individuals, what I’ve seen from this party in general is worth my vote
The Green Party has held multiple presidential primaries with delegates bound to the winners. Thus far, union leader and longtime Green activist and party co-founder Howie Hawkins leads all candidates with 71 of the 202 delegates required for the nomination. Youngstown Board of Education member Dario Hunter trails with 27 delegates.
The party plans to nominate a ticket at its 2020 national convention July 9–12 in Detroit.