Amy Koch avoids ethics complaint for inappropriate affair
Former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch won't face an ethics complaint for having an affair with a senate staffer.
Koch resigned in December after her fellow Republican legislators confronted her with allegations that she was having an affair with a subordinate staffer widely believed to be GOP power broker Michael Brodkorb.
Brodkorb left the senate and Mike Parry's congressional campaign shortly after, creating a major public embarrassment for the MNGOP.
New Senate GOP leader Dave Senjem announced today that he would not seek an ethics complaint against Koch or any other senators over the affair.
Senjem said the affair was in the past.
Not everyone is happy with Senjem's announcement: Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk said this afternoon that he's like an investigation of how the Koch scandal was handled by Republican leaders.
Koch had been an outspoken critic of gay marriage and pushed hard to place the anti-gay marriage amendment on this year's election ballot. Her affair inspired a local gay activist, John Medeiros, to draft a mock apology to Koch on behalf of the gay community for ruining her marriage.
Previous Amy Koch had "inappropriate relationship" with senate staffer. Was it Michael Brodkorb? Gay community apologizes to Amy Koch for ruining her marriage The Amy Koch Affair Michael Brodkorb domestic dispute: Wife called 911 because "the level of anger in Michael's voice scared both her and their three children"
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.
- A terrible Minneapolis park deal just got $2 million worse
Sat., Sep. 19, 12:00am
Sat., Sep. 19, 7:00pm
Sun., Sep. 20, 12:00pm
Sat., Sep. 26, 2:30pm
- Why you should never run over a kid while flying a confederate flag
- Minnesota has eighth most expensive cigarettes