ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura said he hinted to Tim Penny that the job of Minnesota governor might soon be available weeks before he officially announced he wouldn't be seeking re-election.
"I needed someone to carry the torch after me," he said of the former Democratic U.S. House member.
Ventura told the story in a speech at a fund-raiser for his chosen Independence Party successor at a Maple Grove golf course Wednesday. In it, he described Penny's candidacy as a sort of living legacy to his own governorship.
"I knew that Tim Penny needed to follow me," Ventura said. "And when I knew I wasn't running I knew when Tim Penny made the choice to run that I could leave this office with a clear conscience, knowing that the next governor of the state of Minnesota would carry on the tradition that we've started."
Penny said he missed Ventura's hint in the earlier conversation, taking the remark as an offhand comment. He said he responded that he probably wouldn't be interested in the job, and said he was surprised that Ventura didn't run again.
The two men schmoozed with about two dozen Independence Party faithful in a room overlooking the course of Rush Creek Golf Club. Plates for the beef medallion-and-walleye lunches went for $1,000 and party officials said they hoped to raise $20,000. Some attendees, though, said they paid far less than the asking figure to attend the event.
It was hosted by party supporter and businessman Arnie Palmer, who was appointed by Ventura to the Minnesota Racing Commission.
MOE CORPORATE PLAN
DFL gubernatorial candidate Roger Moe says he would use the pulpit of the governorship to extract a code of ethical standards from corporations.
An angry Moe held a news conference with the St. Paul offices of Qwest as a backdrop to decry the latest reports of corporate wrongdoing. Officials with the telecommunications giant recently said the company overstated its earnings by $1.1 billion, and reports show company officials made millions by selling stock when it was inflated by the false reports.
Moe said lots of people are telling him they are mad about corporate shenanigans.
"I pledge to Minnesotans I will do everything I can as your governor to make sure those kind of corporate rip-offs stop and that we set in a code of ethics for corporate leaders and boards of directors that will prevent this in the future," he said.
Moe added he would try to make corporations promise to adhere to the standards before allowing the state to invest any of its $50 billion portfolio in them.
He said he'd also ask the leaders of other states, through the National Governor's Association, to do the same.
Republican candidate Tim Pawlenty proposed a similar plan last week.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.