Initially, Ventura responded angrily to the satire, but later, in a conciliatory vein, said that Keillor "makes Minnesota proud". Barkley was succeeded by Norm Coleman, who won the seat against Walter Mondale , who became the Democratic candidate replacement a few days before the election. He referred to reporters as "media jackals," a term that even appeared on the press passes required to enter the governor's press area. Additionally, Ventura supported the use of medicinal marijuana ,  advocated a higher role for third parties in national politics, and favored the concept of instant-runoff voting. A poll commissioned by Twin Cities station Fox 9 put him at 24 percent, behind Democratic candidate Al Franken at 32 percent and Norm Coleman at 39 percent in a hypothetical three-way race. Ventura had initially planned to appoint a Democrat to Wellstone's seat,  but he instead appointed Dean Barkley to represent Minnesota in the Senate until Wellstone's term expired in January In an interview on The Howard Stern Show, he reaffirmed his support of gay rights, including in marriage and military service, humorously stating he would have gladly served alongside homosexuals when he was in the Navy as they would have provided less competition for women. While funding public school education generously, he opposed the teachers' union, and did not have a high regard for the public funding of higher education institutions. At the end of his speech, Ventura announced before a live audience that if he saw that the public was willing to see a change in the direction of the country, then "in we'll give them a race they'll never forget! Other media[ edit ] Jesse Ventura was a bodyguard for the Rolling Stones in the late s and '80s. He further stated that he wanted her to be the state's first female governor and have her portrait painted and hung in the Capitol along with the other governors. Ventura quickly retreated from the comments, saying he was just floating an idea. He later apologized for the remark, adding that it was not intended to be taken seriously. I feel violated and duped over the fact that the memorial ceremony turned into a political rally ". He also opposed the death penalty. In each year of his administration, Minnesotans received a tax-free check in the late summer.