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Ortman Marches to the Right with Endorsements, Positions

Newspaper article

Ortman Marches to the Right with Endorsements, Positions

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Julianne Ortman has notched another endorsement from a national conservative standard bearer as she continues a rightward swing to gain GOP endorsement to run against Sen. Al Franken.

Citizens United (the same group whose lawsuit against the Federal Elections Commission resulted in unrestricted political spending by corporations and unions) not only endorsed Ortman but also slammed one of her GOP opponents, Mike McFadden.

"Minnesotans deserve a clear choice - and Julianne Ortman can best articulate that choice because liberal Mike McFadden is just 'Franken-lite,'" Citizens United President David Bossie said in a news release. "Unfortunately, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and other Washington establishment fixtures are supporting McFadden as if Minnesotans have already made their decision."

Former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin took a similar swipe at McFadden in her Ortman endorsement announcement last week.

There could be questions

Undoubtedly, those endorsements would be used against Ortman in a general election campaign against Franken. Should Ortman get the state party endorsement, she might even face questions, particularly about Palin's backing, in the Republican primary that McFadden and candidate Jim Abeler say they will enter.

But for now Sarah Palin and Citizens United can only help Ortman with her finesse to downplay the more moderate reputation she had as state senator from Chaska, a reputation that includes legislative proposals to raise taxes when the state was facing budget deficits.

In 2011, Ortman authored a bill to tax some online sales, although she made it clear she wanted the bill introduced for the sake of discussion.

In 2009, Ortman proposed a tax increase on predatory lenders - credit institutions that charged more than a 15 percent interest rate. …

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