Brodkorb settles for $30k; Senate says that's what they offered before lawsuit
:::: UPDATE :::: Michael Brodkorb talks scandal, lawsuit, and new leases on life: The City Pages interview
Michael Brodkorb got far less than he was seeking out of his wrongful termination lawsuit against the Senate, but said today he's happy to settle and move on.
Brodkorb, who alleged he was a victim of gender discrimination when he lost his job in late 2011 after his affair with then-MNGOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch came to light, settled for $30,000 -- a small portion of the $600,000 he was reportedly seeking. Taxpayers are on the hook for well upwards of $200,000 in legal fees associated with the case.
Brodkorb announced the news during a south Minneapolis news conference this evening.
"I am glad to have this over with," he said during the presser, according to the Star Tribune. "This is about putting this matter behind me and allowing me to get my life back and wake up tomorrow with this not on my shoulders."
The Senate released a statement saying Brodkorb had admitted he couldn't prove his claims. The chamber's statement said the settlement matched the severance Brodkorb was offered before he sued.
Following the scandal, Koch divorced her husband, left politics, and now runs a bowling north of Buffalo .
Brodkorb plans to get back into blogging, and a piece he wrote handicapping the 2014 MNGOP gubernatorial field was published on MinnPost earlier this week
According to the Strib, his marriage withstood the scandal and he lives with his family in Eagan.
"This has very hard on my family and I greatly appreciate their support throughout this," Brodkorb said during today's presser.
We'll have more coverage tomorrow, including hopefully an interview with Brodkorb himself -- we touched base with him following today's news conference and he said he'd speak with us.
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