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Jesse ‘The Maybe’ Ventura Decides Against 2020 Campaign

After “testing the waters” and announcing his official membership in the Green Party just a couple days ago, former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura has decided not to run for president in 2020, Bill Cimbrelo of the Green Party reports.  Ventura did not provide a reason for his decision.

This news comes off of Green Party frontrunner Howie Hawkins’ victories in the Pennsylvania and Arkansas primaries, pushing his total delegates to 101.5; more than half of the required 202 necessary to secure the Green presidential nomination.

Former Youngstown Board of Education member Dario Hunter, who currently stands second to Hawkins in delegates with 35.5, responded earlier today to a critic who said he and Hawkins should step aside to allow the “once in a generation” candidate Ventura to have the nomination.  Hunter tweeted:

People have been expecting me to step aside for old white men my entire life. Hell naw. Once in a generation opportunity? Old white men been winning since always. G-d forbid they should have to put up with a little democracy, huh? Get out of here with that ‘ish. #EndPrivilege

Ventura’s decision, which follows similar decisions he made against running after expressing interest in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016; prompted Twitter user Howlin’ Fantods to retweet comedian James Adomian recalling a skit lampooning Ventura in 2014 as Jesse “The Maybe” Ventura, a play on his wrestling nickname “The Body”:


  1. SocraticGadfly SocraticGadfly May 5, 2020

    First, as far as having any official position in the Green Party, Cimbrelo has none.

    He’s a DSA Rosey Berner who just recently jumped ship. He’s otherwise either trying to be a “player,” being massively played, or some combination thereof.

    Second, as with Primo Nutbar’s claim of two weeks ago, as of last night, Jesse himself had said nothing.

    Third, Jesse himself is Just.Another.Politician.™ Let the Jesse-stanners form a Jesse Party.

  2. Fernando Mercado Fernando Mercado May 5, 2020

    Bill was apparently called to be part of the exploratory comittiee.

  3. Jake Leonard Jake Leonard May 5, 2020

    Ha – that Funny Or Die skit from 2014 was hilarious!

  4. Fred Stein Fred Stein May 5, 2020

    Did Ventura have to wrestle with his decision?

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