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Brodkorb is latest GOP heavyweight to abruptly step down

State Senate spokesman Michael Brodkorb, a key Republican figure in Minnesota, is leaving his post. He's also stepping down from his work with the Mike Parry First District Congressional campaign. His resignation comes after his boss, Amy Koch, suddenly left her job as Senate Majority Leader after allegations she had an inappropriate relationship with a Senate staffer.
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State Senate spokesman Michael Brodkorb, a key Republican figure in Minnesota, is leaving his post. He's also stepping down from his work with the Mike Parry First District Congressional campaign. His resignation comes after his boss, Amy Koch, suddenly left her job as Senate Majority Leader after allegations she had an inappropriate relationship with a Senate staffer.

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