Brodkorb's sealed list of legislators who were boinking staffers mistakenly posted online
Brodkorb's lips were temporarily and mistakenly unsealed on the topic of steamy Capitol affairs.
A list Michael Brodkorb and his legal team put together of other legislator-staffer affairs he knows of isn't supposed to be public information, but it was mistakenly posted by Brodkorb's attorneys last week on a publicly accessible electronic federal courts website. It was taken down shortly thereafter... but not before the Associated Press downloaded it.
Brodkorb's list is meant to bolster his legal case that he was a victim of gender discrimination when he was fired by MNGOP Senate caucus leaders after news of his affair with then-Majority Leader Amy Koch went public in December 2011. Brodkorb's lawsuit against the Senate is pending. He's seeking at least $600,000 in damages.
Unfortunately, the AP isn't naming names (yet) from Brodkorb's list, but here's what the Brian Bakst-Patrick Condon's report has to say about it:
The document offers scant evidence to back up [Brodkorb's] allegations. Several of the supposed affairs involved no direct boss-subordinate relationship, as Brodkorb had with Koch. The alleged affairs would have occurred under different leaders than those who fired Brodkorb.
Brodkorb names 10 legislators - all but one now out of office - whom he claims had an "intimate sexual relationship" with legislative staff members who remained employed afterward. It names six of the employees...
Brodkorb names both Republican and Democratic lawmakers of varying stature. The brief narratives make repeated references to the relationships being "widely known" in the Legislature. In one case, it suggests a male senator also had relationships with female members of the Legislature.
The AP attempted to contact those named and reviewed court records for those involved in divorces or other proceedings. Four flatly denied allegations read to them, with some expressing anger at being pulled into the case. Six declined comment or indicated they were consulting with an attorney. Five didn't respond.
One person confirmed the filing's assertion about her, which was backed up by a court record showing the other party to the affair admitting paternity of a child born during his time in office. Two sets of allegations include a lawmaker-staffer pairing who are now married.
One staff member named said she had been contacted by a private investigator while another told AP that a law firm asked a while back to speak with her about the affair. She said she declined.
In other words, all we can do for now is continue to let our imaginations run wild. The AP reporters who have seen the list, on the other hand, are likely stuck with concrete mental images of legislator-on-staffer boinkings that could ultimately result in PTSD treatment.
:::: UPDATE ::::
Senate attorneys intend to ask a federal judge to impose sanctions against Brodkorb's attorneys over the leak of the boinking list.
Dayle Nolan, an attorney for the Minnesota Senate, told MPR she doesn't totally buy that the list was actually published mistakenly. At this point, it's unclear exactly what sorts of sanctions she and other Senate attorneys are aiming for.
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