Brodkorb critically injured in car crash


Former Minnesota Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb was critically injured Wednesday night in a car accident in Mendota Heights, the Pioneer Press reports.

The newspaper says that Brodkorb's 2004 Subaru Forester hit a wall of the Minnesota 13 bridge at about 9:15 p.m. and came to rest against a concrete median barrier, according to a State Patrol report.

His injuries were severe but not life-threatening, the Star Tribune reports. A trooper detected alcohol on his breath, the newspaper reported.

The patrol report indicates Brodkorb was not wearing a seatbelt, but the vehicle's air bag deployed.

Brodkorb's family has asked for privacy and Regions Hospital will not be updating media on his condition, MinnPost reported.

Brodkorb had served in the Senate as a high-profile Republican strategist and communications director. He was fired from the post in December 2011 after news broke about his affair with then-Majority Leader Amy Koch. He has since spoken in interviews about the affair and firing.

Brodkorb sued over his firing, and as part of the pending case he alleges that he was treated differently than female staffers who had affairs with male lawmakers.

Koch caught the attention of reporters when she tweeted this Thursday morning:

Brodkorb, 39, who lives in Eagan, keeps a political blog,, where he describes himself as a communications, social media, public affairs and research consultant.

This week he was listed as one of the 75 most powerful people in Minnesota by Minnesota Monthly magazine.

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