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I’ll go with Jesse Ventura
With Jesse, it was sort of like the guys in the Monkees getting hired to play a rock band in a sitcom and then becoming an actual band. In the beginning of his gubernatorial campaign, Jesse Ventura was clearly a protest candidate who was running as a PR stunt. What was his primary issue? Fighting against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources restricting the use of personal watercraft like JetSkis on certain lakes and waterways. Jesse was worried about not getting to tool around on the lake by his summer cabin. He had a morning radio show on KFAN at the time and was fairly visible around the Twin Cities, so he built up a following for his candidacy and eventually found his way into the Reform Party of Ross Perot fame.
The Democrats insisted on Jesse being graduated to the mainstream debate from the secondary debate amongst the freak show candidates like the Grass Roots Party, the Lyndon LaRouche nutcases, and the other one issue protest candidates. The thought was Jesse's libertarian message would pull voters away from the moderate Republican candidate (the Mayor of St. Paul) to the benefit of the Democratic candidate (Hubert Humphrey's son and the state AG at the time). It backfired when Jesse's appeal to young and minority voters pulled more from the Democrats than the Republicans. Jesse got 37% of the vote, Republican Norm Coleman got 34.3%., and Democrat Skip Humphrey got 28.1% with minor candidates splitting the rest. A situation like this had never been contemplated before, so Minnesota had no provision for a run off election in the event of no candidate getting a majority of the votes. Therefore Jesse Ventura became Governor.
Apart from Jesse's lack of understanding about how government worked at the level in combination with his lack of a party to work for him in the legislature, his ego, his tendency to use his office as a platform for personal financial gain to an outward extent rarely displayed by public office holders in this region, and his thin skinned nature when facing criticism, that 37% was a part of Jesse's ineffectiveness as Governor and why he ultimately chose not to run for re-election to likely face defeat. Jesse too often behaved like he'd won by a landslide and earned a public mandate when in fact 63% of voters favored someone else.