The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 3, 2013

Ventura continues to embarrass

Why it matters The former Minnesota governor's latest antics follow a long line of bizarre behavior.

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura long ago moved from pleasingly eccentric to being an embarrassing, sad figure.

Recently the former Navy SEAL set his legal sights on the widow of a former Navy SEAL that Ventura sued for defamation.

He’s asking a federal court to continue his lawsuit against Chris Kyle — who was killed in February by a young veteran he was mentoring — by substituting Kyle’s wife as the defendant.

In his book ‘American Sniper’ Kyle wrote of a confrontation with a “celebrity” who Kyle said made disparaging remarks about the war and the U.S., leading Kyle to punch him in the face. Kyle later acknowledged the celebrity he was referring to was Ventura. Ventura denies the confrontation took place and said the allegation has caused him substantial damage.

It’s hard to see how anyone could do more damage to Ventura’s image than he has done to himself. Suing the widow of a dead war hero is another in a long line of uncouth, bizarre and simply weird antics by Ventura.

Ventura unsuccessfully sued the government arguing airport scans and pat-downs amount to unreasonable search and seizure.

He’s spewed nonsense about a broad range of conspiracy theories and lent his political credentials to the discredited 9/11 “Truther) movement that alleged the Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York were either planned or permitted by the United States government.

There is perhaps more evidence and more witnesses detailing the Sept. 11 attacks than virtually any other major historic event.

Ventura’s eccentricities quickly wore thin with Minnesotans during his tumultuous term as governor. Since leaving office he’s done nothing but add to his resume of odd behavior and self aggrandizement.

Last week Ventura dangled the possibility of running for president in 2016. His ideal running mate? Radio shock jock Howard Stern.

He’s threatened to run for high office before only to back down. The only thing we know for sure is Ventura’s latest stunts certainly won’t be his last.



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