ST. PAUL (AP) -- Nine cities will get a taste of Jesse Ventura's brand of political analysis next month when the Minnesota governor takes to the road to promote his new book.
Starting with a Sept. 7 stop in New York and ending with a Sept. 23 appearance in Portland, Ore., Ventura plans to talk up "Do I Stand Alone?" Other stops on the book tour include Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
The book, much less personal than his tell-all autobiography, touches on everything from the 2000 presidential race to Ventura's general disdain for the media. It is subtitled "Going to the Mat Against Political Pawns and Media Jackals."
Ventura's publisher is paying for his security and other trip costs, said John Wodele, the governor's spokesman. One member of Ventura's staff will accompany him "during the normal work day time," Wodele said. That person's expenses will be paid by the state, Wodele said.
But Wodele said Ventura is not taking vacation time in the traditional sense because the "governor doesn't get vacation days. The governor is elected by the people, he is not considered an employee.
"The governor is the governor seven days a week, 365 days a year," he said. "If he takes an hour off to do something personal during the middle of the day he is not required to record vacation time, like a normal employee."
Ventura's first book tour was criticized for the $16,000 in state-paid security for the trip.
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