Ortman fails to win endorsement in re-election bid

The Deputy Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate didn’t win her party’s endorsement for re-election on Tuesday night.

Republican delegates in Senate District 47 chose not to endorse a candidate after neither incumbent Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, nor auto mechanic Bruce Schwichtenberg could win 60 percent delegate support after five ballots.

No endorsement means primary voters will decide which candidate should represent the party in the November election.

Schwichtenberg says he believes his work as vice chair of the Carver County Republican Party will help him win the August primary. He said he’s concerned that Ortman authored plans to tax internet purchases and make other changes that he considers tax increases.

“There’s a lot of tax bills that she’s authored that, quite frankly, a lot of Democrats would be proud of,” Schwichtenberg said.

Ortman, who chairs the Senate Taxes Committee, did not respond to an interview request but said in a text message that she has no plans yet except to take a couple of days off.