Unfortunately after Jesse became Governor he was more like your standard politician. He did a few good things like rebate the state surplus, but on a whole he grew government. Here is an analysis I did of Jesse back when he was Governor.
I also wrote this letter which appeared in the July 1999 issue of Reason Magazine. It was in response to an article on Jesse Ventura in the April issue of Reason where Jesse calls himself a libertarian.
Jesse Ventura may be a self-described libertarian, and sometimes his rhetoric is libertarian, but his governing, so far, is not. The teachers union is more than happy with Jesse's proposed budget, which throws more money down the rathole of government education. Minnesota already spends a third of its budget on K-12 education. Jesse states that the proposals to give parents the ability to send their children to private schools are too limited. Therefore, he supports "fixing" government schools instead of offering a choice. The Minnesota Libertarian Party has proposed that all taxpayers, whether they have children or not, be given an education tax credit. This tax credit could be directed to specific students, to a private scholarship program, or to a private or government school. Jesse should embrace this proposal.
Jesse's education views are the most glaring example of his big government slant. He also wholeheartedly supports building a light rail system and statewide land use planning. Jesse, a self-described libertarian? Yes. A libertarian at heart? I don't think so.
Here is part one of the Larry King interview: