Former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura officially joined the Green Party yesterday after publicly endorsing the party on Twitter a couple weeks ago. The move seems to improve the odds that Ventura will seek the Green Party’s 2020 presidential nomination. Last week, Ventura said he was “testing the waters” for a presidential run.
Twitter user Neil Jones posted an image of Ventura sitting on a park bench signing paperwork as Green Party of Minnesota chairman Trahern Crews, wearing a face mask, looked on. With the tweet, Jones used the hashtags #Ventura2020 and #VforVentura. Ventura then retweeted Jones. The Green Party of Minnesota posted more photos from the scene on their official Facebook profile.
In recent days, Ventura has made statements consistent with the Green Party and has retweeted Green Party candidates such as US Senate candidate Lisa Savage as well as 2012 and 2016 presidential nominee Jill Stein. This marks a shift from Ventura’s time as governor when he belonged to the centrist Minnesota Independence Party, the affiliate of the Reform Party.
Of Ventura’s potential opponents, according to Wikipedia, union leader and Green Party co-founder Howie Hawkins currently has 88.5 of the 202 delegates needed to secure the presidential nomination. Former Youngstown Board of Education member Dario Hunter is in second place with 34.5. It is not known what impact Ventura will have on the delegate count if he enters the race.
The party plans to hold its national convention online July 9 through 12.