Michael Brodkorb alleges gender bias, hilarity ensues [UPDATE]
Pass the popcorn. This is 'bout to get interesting.
Yesterday, attorneys representing former Senate employee Michael Brodkorb filed a notice of claim against the state of Minnesota, a precursor to a possible lawsuit against the state for improper termination. Today, it emerged that Brodkorb's legal strategy will be to argue that some of his female colleagues who have also bonked superiors kept their jobs.
The Star Tribune reports that "Brodkorb's legal team is prepared to dig deep into the romantic lives of legislators and staffers."
A legal document prepared by Brodkorb's attorneys says:
Mr. Brodkorb has evidence that similarly situated female legislative employees, from both political parties, were not terminated from their employment positions despite intimate relationships with male legislators. It is clear that Mr. Brodkorb was terminated based on his gender...
He intends to depose all of the female legislative staff employees who participated in intimate relationships, as well as the legislators who were party to those intimate relationships, in support of his claims of gender discrimination.
The Twitter-sphere went wild during a news conference this morning where Brodkorb's legal team discussed their strategy. Here's a sampling of some of the best and funniest reaction:
I can hear the DFL ads now: "The GOP brought us Michael Brodkorb. Can we trust their leadership?"-- Patrick (@panndder) March 15, 2012
No matter how this goes, much no-win for #mnleg GOP now, right? Fight Brodkorb, air dirty laundry. Settle, use taxpayer $$ for hush money.-- David Brauer (@dbrauer) March 15, 2012
"Half a million, or I take the #mngop with me. All the best, Michael Brodkorb."-- NorthernMNer (@NorthernMNer) March 15, 2012
So what we learned is that if the GOP legislators aren't getting busy with new amendment proposals, they're getting busy with their staff.-- Patrick (@panndder) March 15, 2012
Sounds like Brodkorb case will go to federal court. In other news: I'm thinking of buying a popcorn wagon.-- Bob Collins (@NewsCut) March 15, 2012
Save it for marriage, kids. Or at least until you become a legislative assistant.-- Patrick (@panndder) March 15, 2012
Coincidence Brodkorb presser is on Ides of March? "Et Tu Brutus?" #mnleg-- Tom Lyden (@tlyden) March 15, 2012
Have no specific knowledge, but those alleged #mnleg affairs could involve either political party, you guys.-- David Brauer (@dbrauer) March 15, 2012
Brodkorb is quickly moving up on the Mpls Twitter trending list. Right after Julius Caesar and Diablo III.-- Briana Bierschbach (@bbierschbach) March 15, 2012
In conclusion: lolololololol.-- Patrick (@panndder) March 15, 2012
Wouldn't it be the irony of ironies if one of the MNGOP's most notorious operatives ends up being a big reason Republicans lose control of the legislature in November? Stay tuned for the next installment of How the Brodkorb Turns.
:: UPDATE ::
Brodkorb just released a statement responding to allegations made by Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman. Yesterday, Ludeman released a statement accusing Brodkorb of attempting to "disrupt the work of the Senate" and "extort a payment from the Senate." Here's Brodkorb's response:
-- Amy Koch had "inappropriate relationship" with senate staffer. Was it Michael Brodkorb?
-- Michael Brodkorb domestic dispute: Wife called 911 because "the level of anger in Michael's voice scared both her and their three children"
-- Michael Brodkorb lawyers up, may pursue legal action following termination from Senate
-- Michael Brodkorb leaves Mike Parry congressional campaign
-- Gay community apologizes to Amy Koch for ruining her marriage
-- The Amy Koch Affair
-- Amy Koch apologizes for "engaging in a relationship with a Senate staffer"
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