Attorney for Michael Brodkorb: 'This is not going to go away easily'

Attorneys representing the Senate majority's former communications chief say they'll seek damages for wrongful dismissal. Brodkorb was fired shortly after allegations surfaced that former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch was having an affair with an unidentified staffer.
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Attorneys representing the Senate majority's former communications chief say they'll seek damages for wrongful dismissal. Brodkorb was fired shortly after allegations surfaced that former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch was having an affair with an unidentified staffer.

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