Ventura’s Not Talking … Except When He Is


(AP) A day after saying he wouldn’t give any more interviews to the local press, Gov. Jesse Ventura did a radio interview Thursday on a local station.

In fact, Joe Soucheray, a columnist with the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and host of the radio program “Garage Logic,” said Ventura invited himself.

“I’m here doing this radio show,” Ventura said. “I have my radio show tomorrow. I’ll do other radio shows and various national shows.”

On Wednesday, Ventura said he would cut off interviews after a group of Minnesota reporters complained they were not included on a visit to the destroyed World Trade Center during the governor’s trip to New York.

The trip was paid for by ABC. Ventura appeared Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

According to an ABC spokeswoman, the program negotiated an arrangement in which only its crew could visit the site with Ventura, New York Gov. George Pataki, and Charles Gibson, the program’s host.

Ventura spokesman John Wodele said he tried repeatedly to open the visit to Minnesota reporters, but Pataki’s office refused.

When reporters complained, Ventura told Wodele not to worry about it. “I’m not going to give any more interviews to the local press,” Ventura said.

Just hours later, Ventura answered two questions from a local radio reporter before other reporters showed up and he stopped talking.

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