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Brodkorb taped his controversial firing from Senate

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His Senate bosses didn't know it, but former GOP Senate communications officer Michael Brodkorb was secretly and legally taping his own firing on his iPhone, FOX 9 reports.

The high-profile operative was let go unceremoniously in a December 2011 conversation at the Moose Country Bar and Grill in Mendota Heights with Senate officers, including Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman. On the recording, Brodkorb says, "What I'm hearing from you today is ... I am being fired."

"You are terminated, as of right now," Ludeman responds.

FOX says it obtained exclusive access to the audio:

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Brodkorb has been at the center of an ongoing Senate saga ever since. He was fired after it was revealed that he had an affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, who promptly stepped down from the post as the controversy unfolded.

Brodkorb sued over the firing, alleging gender discrimination and arguing that other Senate staffers had had affairs and not been fired. He has an undisclosed list of other affairs. He's seeking $600,000. He earned about $90,000 a year in his job as communications chief for Republicans at the Capitol.

The Senate is budgeting $500,000 for the ongoing legal battle, nearly half of which has been spent already. If it goes to trial, it might not be until next summer, MPR reported.

Brodkorb on Thursday night urged his Twitter followers to check out the FOX story, and to note one fact in particular:

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