From the Chanhassen Villager, we learn that Bruce Schwichtenberg has lost again. In case you are keeping track at home, that makes 3 elections, 2 lawsuits, one recount and one campaign complaint.
I hope to never see his name on a ballot again.
Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 9:09 pm | Updated: 1:17 pm, Wed Sep 26, 2012.
A campaign complaint has been dismissed against Sen. Julianne Ortman, of Chanhassen, in her Senate District 47 race.
The complaint, filed by challenger Bruce Schwichtenberg in the Aug. 14 primary election, centered on how Ortman used the word “Republican” on campaign signs and advertisements.
Neither Ortman nor Schwichtenberg received the Republican Party endorsement at the party’s endorsing convention in May.
On some campaign signs and in some advertisements, the wording “Julianne Ortman, Republican for Senate” was used.
Schwichtenberg argued the wording implied Ortman had the party endorsement. Before the Office of Adminstrative Hearings, Schwichtenberg pointed to a previous state Supreme Court ruling that said the use of “DFL” — without the use of modifying language such as “member of” — implied party endorsement.
Ortman testified that her intent in using the word Republican was to inform voters she was running in the Republican primary. She insisted that it was never her intent to imply she had the party endorsement.
The endorsement stalemate was covered in the media, according to a memorandum on the complaint. Ortman defeated Schwichtenberg in the primary by a vote of 2,114 to 1,504. After the primary, the Republican Party did endorse Ortman in the Senate race.
On Sept. 19, a three-judge panel dismissed the complaint.
Ortman will face Democratic challenger Jim Weygand in the general election.