April 1st Proposed as Jesse Ventura Holiday
July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM
(CNSNews.com) - A Colorado Republican congressman believes April 1st of each year should be designated as national holiday in honor of Minnesota' s Reform Party Governor Jesse Ventura.
Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO) in a House floor speech Thursday, said Ventura, "Confounded the pundits, the pollsters, the prognosticators by winning the highest office in the state at a time when most voters thought of him as Jesse the Body. He continues to confound everyone."
The congressman went on to say about Ventura, "Not too much notice is made when he indicated he'd like to be reincarnated as a large bra. But eyebrows did rise when he referred to members of the Armed Forces as Frankenstein monsters that cannot be controlled."
Hefley said he believes Ventura outdid movie producer Oliver Stone by "Suggesting that President John Kennedy was killed by our own military-industrial complex in order to stimulate business. And who can forget his plunge into theology. Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. " Hefley was referring to comments Ventura made in an interview in the latest issue of Playboy magazine.
Citing that it is April Fools Day, Hefley thinks that April 1st should be the day for a Jesse Ventura holiday because "I can think of no one that so embodies the spirit of that day as the governor of Minnesota."
Ventura's office told CNSNews.com it had no comment on Hefley's proposal.
The governor this week visited Harvard University where he talked with faculty members, observed football practice and talked politics with some students.
The outspoken politician autographed copies of Playboy magazine while at Harvard and told the students he doesn't worry about being politically correct. "I'm not afraid to speak my mind. If I don't get re-elected that's fine. I'll go back to the private sector from whence I came," Ventura said.
Ventura came under more fire Wednesday for telling Playboy that he didn't read books by Ernest Hemingway because the author had killed himself. Minnesota state Senator Bob Lessard said he was "Astounded and stunned" and hoped Ventura would reconsider his remarks.
Lessard's daughter committed suicide in September. "I know my daughter wasn't weak minded." Ventura responded by offering his deepest sympathies to Lessard and added, "Losing a child is the hardest possible thing a family can endure."
Ventura said a recent Minnesota Star-Tribune opinion poll showing his approval rating dropping from 73 percent in July to 54 percent in October, doesn't bother him. "If I believed in polls I wouldn't be the governor of Minnesota."