Michael Brodkorb confirms Amy Koch affair
Michael Brodkorb's attorney confirmed today that his client had an affair with Amy Koch.
Brodkorb's attorney has also filed a notice of claim against the state of Minnesota, a precursor to a possible lawsuit against the state senate for improperly firing Brodkorb. The revelations were provoked by the Minnesota Senate's refusal to go into mediation with Brodkorb over his firing last December.
Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman released a statement accusing Brodkorb of attempting to "disrupt the work of the Senate" and "extort a payment from the Senate."
"All Senate employees are 'at will' employees, including former employee Mr. Brodkorb," Ludeman said in the statement.
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"The Senate has the authority to terminate an employee at any time. Mr. Brodkorb's duties were closely tied to Senator Koch's position as Senate majority leader. When leadership changes occur in the Senate, changes in supporting staff are routine," Ludeman added.
Ludeman said that the state senate's hired attorney has "reviewed this matter thoroughly and concluded that [Brodkorb's] claims are without any merit whatsoever."
Brodkorb's attorney, Phil Villaume, could not immediately be reached for comment. He confirmed the relationship between Brodkorb and Koch to the Associated Press.
Then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch was forced to resign last December after several of her fellow Republicans confronted her about an affair with a "male staffer." Koch resigned her leadership position and the Senate then fired Brodkorb.
Brodkorb was widely rumored to be Koch's paramour. City Pages was the first publication to link the two.
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