One thing that’s becoming clear is Sen. Ortman’s flexibility on issues. Here’s a great example of that ‘flexibility’:

Earlier this year, Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, the chairwoman of the Senate’s taxes committee, expressed willingness to at least consider eliminating some of the state’s tax breaks. That interest appeared to diminish after state Republican Party Chairman Tony Sutton sent a letter to GOP legislators saying that raising any new revenue would “violate our principles.” The GOP’s budget proposal does not include ending tax breaks. “That’s our position,” Ortman said last week.

Here’s Chairman Sutton’s letter:


Sen. Ortman’s flexibility was on display last night at the SD-14 endorsing convention. Delegates to the convention told me that Sen. Ortman’s message was that she supports full repeal of Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act. If that’s true, which I’m confident it is, that’s a 180 degree pivot from just last week:

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#Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster. It’s a shame Sen. Ortman is standing with Sen. Franken against repeal. #mngop pic.twitter.com/kN5mPU2q6f

There’s some questions that are unanswered. First, when will the real Julianne Ortman step forward? Finally, given her flexibility, how will we know it’s the real Julianne Ortman?

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One Response to “Highlighting Sen. Ortman’s ‘flexibility’”

  • Sean says:

    Isn’t it a bit foolish to say that repealing any tax break is off the table? Many of these breaks don’t have real economic value.

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