David Gewirtz of ZDNet wrote in a November 2011 article that he thinks Ventura would have a chance at winning if he declared his intention to run at that point and ran a serious campaign but that it would be a long shot. Ventura had initially planned to appoint a Democrat to Wellstone's seat but he instead appointed Dean Barkley to represent Minnesota in the Senate until Wellstone's term expired in January 2003. Alluding to the 2008 election Ventura boldly announced that "In 2008 maybe we oughta put a wrestler in the White House".
Navy Underwater Demolition Team member during the Vietnam War. Ventura left office in 2003 deciding not to run for reelection. James George Janos (born July 15 1951) better known by his stage name Jesse Ventura is an American politician actor author veteran and former professional wrestler who served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003.