Resume Claims like Julianne Ortman's Can Trip Up a Campaign
Brucato, Cyndy, MinnPost.com
A training video by the National Association of Personnel Services, a trade organization for employment recruiters, asks a group of recruiters how many believe the resumes they handle contain false statements. Everyone raised their hands.
State Sen. Julianne Ortman, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, is far from alone when it comes to statements on her website and Facebook page that pad some of her accomplishments.
"The practice of boosting one's resume is pretty rampant and widespread," said long-time executive recruiter Dave Dodge of Headwaters Search, a personnel consulting service. "Background checks and resume checks are much more stringent these days than they used to be, [but] it's not going to catch everything that people might put on a resume."
Ortman's website states that she--in partnership with her husband, Ray, an attorney--argued "several very high profile and ground-breaking cases in state and federal court, and in the United States Supreme Court."
Her Facebook page implies she had direct involvement in the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, 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."
Brodkorb checks claims
Michael Brodkorb, a political consultant respected for his skills in opposition research, says he checked the Ortman claims in response to a media inquiry.
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.
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. …