SurrealLife saidThe same Al Franken that was the comedian? Interesting. Didn't this state also elect a former wrestler?
Yeah. Jesse Ventura was their governor. So they have a history of unconventional or independent choices.
Jesse Ventura was a bit of a fluke. He ran independent, and the other 2 candidates were lackluster party insiders. They had 3-way televised debates where the party candidates basically ignored Ventura, hardly acknowledge he was there.
They tried to ridicule him as some kind of unauthorized interloper, since only the party-appointed were entitled to be governor by virtue of divine right or something. It backfired on them, because Minnesotans can be darned independent themselves, and "fer sure" when you offend them.
Ventura wasn't the greatest governor, but a true "maverick" as he basically promised voters (Sarah Palin's hollow claims notwithstanding), and he did a lot better job than many critics expected. I lived in a bordering state, BTW, and our media was full of his election and tenure as governor.