Minn: What I can tell you is that we've made a few mistakes in the administration, I've certainly made some mistakes along the way. Were I to do it all over again, I would clearly prefer full involvement.
Novak: They have combined the regulation of seven industries that together have a multi-billion-dollar impact on the economy of this state. Nobody was asked their opinion, the public was not allowed the opportunity to weigh in. Previous employees of this department have come to me expressing concerns about the inability now of the department to respond in its regulatory mode, and also, whether the public will be adequately protected.
""We would all be better served if he spent just a little more time learning the processes of government and working with us in a more cooperative way."
- Sen. Steve Novak
Novak: I would suggest to him as a friend and a colleague in this state government of ours, that we would all be better served if he spent just a little more time learning the processes of government and working with us in a more cooperative way.Commissioner Minn would not comment on the vote, but within hours, Governor Ventura called Capitol reporters together to lash out at what he sees as legislative vindictiveness.
Ventura: Judge him on his qualifications to do the job, don't judge him because there may be people over there who may be angry with me as a governor. And this is their recourse? They will take it out on Commissioner Steve Minn instead of me? I ask them to come over and look me eye to eye.And there is a growing number of legislators at the state Capitol willing to say they don't like Ventura. Shortly after the Senate committee vote, the Minnesota House took up the possibility of overriding one of Ventura's vetoes from the end of last year, specifically a veto of planning money for a state World War II memorial.
Novak: I never knew that we got married.For now, Ventura says he will stick with Minn as far as the process takes them, presumably, through a vote from the full Senate. Never in recent memory has the Minnesota Senate voted to reject a governor's appointee to a cabinet-level post.