(St. Paul, MN)  —  Former Governor Jesse Ventura is throwing his support behind the re-election campaign of DFL Governor Tim Walz.  Ventura released a video yesterday citing Walz’s COVID-19 protections and strong leadership as reasons for his endorsement.  The state Republican Party chairman said he was “appalled” that Walz celebrated the endorsement from a “discredited conspiracy theorist.”  Ventura won the governor’s seat in 1998 as a Reform Party candidate and now calls himself “an independent statesman.”