Julianne Ortman, GOP Franken challenger, taking heat for exaggerating her resume
|According to Ortman, she's done pretty much everything but cure cancer.|
On her website, Ortman, an MNGOP Senator from the southwest suburbs who is seeking the GOP endorsement to challenge Al Franken next year, claims that she, in partnership with her husband Ray, has argued "several very high profile and ground-breaking cases in state and federal court, and in the United States Supreme Court."
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Furthermore, her Facebook page suggests she was directly and personally involved in the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Obamacare, stating she "was one of many from across the nation who argued in the Supreme Court that the plan violated the limits of the Commerce Clause; ultimately the Court agreed, but upheld the mandates in Obamacare as a constitutional use of Congress's power to tax."
Here's what Brodkorb's research revealed about those claims:
Ortman claims she & husband "represented...several high profile & ground-breaking cases...in the [US] Supreme Court." pic.twitter.com/4sh0hBOnQG-- Michael Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) August 9, 2013
This AM: Supreme Court official said Ortman hasn't argued a case, nor is there a record of her being admitted to the Supreme Court Bar.-- Michael Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) August 9, 2013
Also this AM: Supreme Court official said neither she nor her husband had argued cases "in the [US] Supreme Court", as her bio claims.-- Michael Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) August 9, 2013
Bad day for @JulianneOrtman's campaign. One of the worst examples of resume padding by a candidate in MN. Clumsy response & story continues.-- Michael Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) August 9, 2013
Update: Ortman wrote she "argued in the Supreme Court" re: Obamacare. SCOTUS says no record of her arguing in Court pic.twitter.com/P2w8bjWLhs-- Michael Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) August 11, 2013
Ortman claimed she "argued in the Supreme Court" against ObamaCare, yet records show she voted in MN Senate during 3 days SCOTUS heard case-- Michael Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) August 11, 2013
Consensus from chats on Ortman resume padding: Avoidable, unforced error & sloppy; poor reaction by campaign, & resume didn't need puffery-- Michael Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) August 12, 2013
A MinnPost report succinctly summarizes the controversy:
FYI - In a "very high profile and ground-breaking" case, I just successfully argued myself out of a parking ticket. Updating resume now...-- Michael Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) August 13, 2013
According to Brodkorb, an official with the U.S. Supreme Court says Ortrman has never been admitted to the high court bar and has never argued a case before the justices.Wait, Ortman's campaign manager is Andy Parrish? Given his recent track record of failure (Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign, the marriage amendment push, fighting against marriage equality) we probably shouldn't be surprised Ortman's U.S. Senate bid is bumbling and stumbling out of the gates.
As for the Ortman's statement about her role in opposing the Affordable Care Act, Brodkorb says Ortman was in session at the Minnesota Legislature in March, 2012, when the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing the arguments. She was, he acknowledged, a signer to an amicus brief, as was state representative and GOP candidate for governor Kurt Zellers.
Ortman's campaign manager, Andy Parrish, maintains the resume claims are accurate, that a brief is part of a Supreme Court case and that Ortman's husband did argue before the justices as part of a legal team with a firm where he once worked.
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