A former Minnesota Senate aide who was fired over an affair with the chamber's majority leader is slimming down his lawsuit against the state. Michael Brodkorb was fired last year after Senate leaders discovered his affair with then-Majority Leader Amy Koch. He is suing the state over the dismissal. Now he's dropping several invasion-of-privacy claims to focus on defamation and gender discrimination claims.
The legal matters stem from an affair between former leader Amy Koch and fired Senate communications chief Michael Brodkorb. The Star Tribune reports the Senate is paying a Minneapolis attorney for legal advice to prepare its defense against claims in Brodkorb's lawsuit. Current Republican Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem was pressured to disclose the information even though it's not required.
Ousted Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb stated in his application for unemployment benefits that he did not violate any Senate policies or commit employee misconduct.
A committee spent hours debating but in the end reached no decision on a complaint from Democratic Sen. Sandra Pappas, who alleges Republican Geoff Michel mishandled the Amy Koch affair and misled the public.
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.
GOP senators serving on an ethics committee never showed up Friday when the panel was scheduled to reconvene to take up a complaint against Sen. Geoff Michel. The complaint stems from how Michel handled revelations of a relationship between then Majority Leader Amy Koch and staffer Michael Brodkorp.
After two separate votes, the committee is deadlocked along party lines on how to handle it. DFLers brought the complaint accusing the Edina Republican was not forthcoming with information about a relationship involving former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.
DFLers say the Senate deputy majority leader betrayed the public's trust by failing to respond quickly and honestly to allegations of an affair between Sen. Amy Koch and staffer Michael Brodkorb.
City Pages quotes an anonymous Republican senator who says the ousted Senate communications chief created a hostile work environment and that numerous legislators complained about his behavior but then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch refused to take action.
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.
Former Senate Republican staff member Michael Brodkorb claims he was wrongfully fired and is moving ahead with a lawsuit after the Senate rejected mediation. His lawyer says papers filed with the state acknowledge Brodkorb had an "intimate relationship" with former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.
The former Senate majority leader says she's standing by her decision to not seek re-election. She resigned from the top job in the Senate following allegations that she had an affair with a staffer.
Despite her "inappropriate relationship" with a senate staffer, the former Senate majority leader says she may run for re-election. Amy Koch told the Star Tribune she will return to the Capitol on Tuesday when the legislative session convenes. Koch stepped down from her leadership position on December 15.
The new Senate Majority Leader says the scandal involving Amy Koch was unfortunate, but it's in the past. According to the Associated Press, Dave Senjem doesn't plan to file a complaint against the former majority leader or any senators connected to the events that led to her abrupt resignation.
Gov. Dayton has called on Republicans to reconsider a proposed amendment that would restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples in the wake of the Amy Koch scandal, but the GOP's new majority leader suggests the amendment will probably still be on the ballot in 2012.
Democratic Sen. Tom Bakk, in a letter to incoming Senate Majority Leader David Senjem, said "The integrity and honor of the Minnesota Senate have been seriously called into question" and urged Senjem to look into any ethical or legal questions. Senjem has indicated that Senate Republicans would like to put the matter behind them.
After more than 11 hours of debate at a hotel in Roseville, Minnesota Republicans chose Sen. David Senjem, of Rochester, to represent them as majority leader in the state senate. Senjem will replace Amy Koch, who resigned earlier this month after admitting to an inappropriate relationship with a senate staffer.
Amy Koch is out after a scandal involving an inappropriate relationship with a staffer, and Republicans on Tuesday are set to vote in a new chief. Forum Communications' Don Davis takes a look at just what it means to be majority leader or house speaker, and hold one of the most powerful posts in the Legislature.