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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Chanhassen Villager Mentions Story on Julianne Ortman/ Rich Stanek Scam

They are encouraging comments:

Senator Ortman has a lot to
Submitted by overhere on May 19, 2007 - 10:41pm.

Senator Ortman has a lot to explain to her constituents. As a state senator, her ultimate duty is to show up for legislative sessions and meetings and represent her constituents.

I am very concerned that she is quoted as saying that she has been showing up for the important issues where her vote really counts. The media coverage is going to get worse if she does not come clean with us. My biggest concern is that she has accepted the $96 per diem for the entire month of April (totalling $2,880--much more money than many of her constituents make on a monthly basis) and seems to be considering her legislative responsibilities secondary.

What will it take for Senator Ortman to quit her Hennepin County position and represent her constituents fully as she promised to do when she took her oath of office?

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It would be nice NOT to show
Submitted by daisy on May 20, 2007 - 8:07am.

It would be nice NOT to show up for
work and collect $96 a day.
I wonder how she got that job in
Hennepin County? I thought she was
a lawyer.

What do you get when you cross a
lawyer and a finance manager?
Insert your own punchline here.

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On Sunday night, Fox 9 News
Submitted by rcraw on May 20, 2007 - 9:27pm.

On Sunday night, Fox 9 News weighed in with a report on Sen. Ortman and her new job in the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. The TV report focused on the Sheriff's Office hiring an attorney instead of an accountant and explored whether it was a conflict of interest for Ortman to have co-authored legislation that benefited the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. Did you see the TV news report? What do you think?

There's a similar request for comment on the Chaska Herald website, and the story has been picked up by the AP.

As for the apparent overlap on May 11, Ortman told The Associated Press on Saturday that a secretary taking roll that day “made a clerical error.” She said the secretary marked her present for the roll call when she was not there, but she did get to the Senate by 11 a.m. in time to vote on the smoking ban.

“There have been no inconsistencies in my timesheets,” Ortman said. “They’ve been accurately reflecting when I’ve been on Hennepin county business.”

Yeah right.