Pat Anderson’s campaign-practices complaint against State Auditor Rebecca Otto was dismissed today by an administrative law judge, declaring there was no probable cause to believe Otto had violated the state’s campaign laws.
Last month, Anderson, the former state auditor who wants her old job back, charged at a news conference and in legal papers filed with Administrative Law Judge Beverly Heydinger that Otto had purposely misspoken at campaign appearances about Anderson’s record when she was in office. She also alleged that Otto had scrubbed parts of the state auditor’s website to minimize the number of Anderson’s investigations.
On the campaign trail, Otto has been saying that she has opened about three times as many investigations as Anderson. Anderson has accused Otto of not telling the truth. But Minneapolis attorney David Lillehaug, who helped Al Franken win his recount battle over Norm Coleman in 2008-09, submitted evidence to Heydinger showing that Otto actually has opened about four times more investigative files than Anderson during Anderson’s four years in office.
Otto and Anderson are headed for a Nov. 2 rematch of their 2006 contest, which Otto won.