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Governor Ventura offered an apology of sorts today for joking on
national television that drunken Irishmen laid out the streets in St.Paul, but
he also accused the media of blowing the situation out of proportion. At the
same time, some of Ventura's aides are hinting that other politicians are trying
to use Ventura's gaffe for political gain.
GOVERNOR VENTURA'S APOLOGY WAS HARDLY CONTRITE. He said people in Minnesota didn't seem to have a sense of humor anymore, and he implied he was making the apology under duress by the news media.
Ventura: I want to make a statement and I'll take no questions on it. When I'm done with it, I'm done with it. It deals with our latest headlines in the paper these days, that's taking priority over many of the tremendous things we accomplished at the National Governors Association meeting with the president, meeting with our Senate and Congressional delegation, but maybe that's not as important in light of what the headlines have been lately.Ventura's spokesman, John Woodele, says he doesn't blame the media for the brouhaha, but he says the media are serving the interests of other people.
Woodele: We realized that the media is going to keep playing the story as long as others out there fan the flames. And our goal is to move on to issues that are important to the state of Minnesota.
Johnson: If Jesse keeps jetting off to this conference or this TV show, and so on and so forth, we're not going to enjoy his perspective.Also yesterday, St Paul Mayor Norm Coleman showed up at Ventura's office to defend his city, and to poke a little fun at the governor's bout of foot-in-mouth disease.
Quie: Maybe in some cases, it would be better for the state if we didn't pass so many bills and didn't intrude in their lives more.Quie says different governors have different styles, and Ventura's tendency to sit back and let the Legislature duke an issue out before he weighs in could turn out to be a good strategy.