Brilliant, bully or both? No question Michael Brodkorb made himself known

The Pioneer Press delves into the rapid rise of Michael Brodkorb from rank-and-file operative to top party spokesman. The man behind the blog Minnesota Democrats Exposed was fiercely loyal and quickly rose to prominence as the Republican Party expanded and captured the Legislature. But not all who crossed his path, even in his own party, thought he was an asset.
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The Pioneer Press delves into the rapid rise of Michael Brodkorb from rank-and-file operative to top party spokesman. The man behind the blog Minnesota Democrats Exposed was fiercely loyal and quickly rose to prominence as the Republican Party expanded and captured the Legislature. But not all who crossed his path, even in his own party, thought he was an asset.

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Former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb has returned to his first love: Blogging. Though, he swears his new endeavor will be nothing like his liberal-bashing blog "Minnesota Democrats Exposed." The first post comes as Brodkorb continues his legal fight with the state of Minnesota over his dismissal from the Senate.

Brodkorb's threat to name names has lawmakers tight-lipped

The founder of the web site Minnesota Democrats Exposed is now a threat to expose extra-marital affairs in his own party. Michael Brodkorb claims he was wrongfully fired after an affair with his boss, while others involved in affairs at the Capitol kept their jobs. Lawmakers are tiptoeing around the issue.

State denies Michael Brodkorb unemployment benefits

Minnesota Public Radio reports the former Republican Senate communications chief is appealing the Department of Employment and Economic Development's decision to reject his application. A hearing is set next week. Brodkorb was fired after his affair with former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch became public.

Michael Brodkorb says he'll sue Senate for defamation

The ousted communications chief will reportedly file a lawsuit seeking $500,000, claiming Senate Secretary Cal Ludeman defamed him when he told the press Brodkorb was trying to "blackmail" the Senate through a wrongful-termination case. Brodkorb was fired from the Senate after his affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch came to light.

Fired Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb hires law firm

Brodkorb has hired employment law specialist Phil Villaume to handle possible legal action against the Senate. Brodkorb lost his job with the Republican caucus shortly after allegations surfaced that former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch had an inappropriate relationship with a staffer.

Brodkorb claims privacy breach

Shortly after being denied unemployment benefits, an attorney for former senate staffer Michael Brodkorb said he will be widening the wrongful termination lawsuit against the senate to include invasion of privacy. The Brodkorb camp believes information about his unemployment was illegally disclosed.

Michael Brodkorb's legal team says other staffers had affairs but kept their jobs

Brodkorb claims he was "terminated based on his gender" and says his legal team has proof that female Capitol employees had affairs with male legislators but were allowed to keep their jobs. The Star Tribune says the ousted communication chief's legal team plans to dig deep into the romantic lives of legislative employees and lawmakers to make its case. Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman says Brodkorb is trying to "blackmail" the Senate.