Admirers of state Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, are encouraging the legislator and attorney to run for attorney general this year.
They’ve launched a Facebook group called DRAFT SENATOR JULIANNE ORTMAN FOR MINNESOTA ATTORNEY GENERAL. The group’s creator is former state senator Carrie Ruud of Breezy Point.
No Republicans have stepped forward to challenge incumbent DFL Attorney General Lori Swanson, who is serving her first term. Ortman recently led an unsuccessful GOP effort to get Swanson to file a lawsuit over the new federal health care reform law.
Ortman was not at the Capitol this afternoon and did not immediately return a phone message.