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Fired Senate official hires attorney

Michael Brodkorb and attorney Gary Walsh tell MPR they're still unsure if they will pursue legal action against the Minnesota Senate. Brodkorb served as the Republican party's communications director before being fired last week, just hours after Majority Leader Amy Koch resigned, citing inappropriate conduct with a Senate staffer.
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Michael Brodkorb and attorney Gary Walsh tell MPR they're still unsure if they will pursue legal action against the Minnesota Senate. Brodkorb served as the Republican party's communications director before being fired last week, just hours after Majority Leader Amy Koch resigned, citing inappropriate conduct with a Senate staffer.

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