Michael Brodkorb's Twitter feed offers insight into life during Amy Koch controversy
Michael Brodkorb's Twitter feed is getting too strange to ignore.
Brodkorb, a longtime powerhouse of Minnesota's Republican Party, lost his positions with the GOP senate communications staff and Sen. Mike Parry's congressional campaign last week in the wake of the scandal surrounding recently resigned Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch's "inappropriate relationship."
Dogged by questions about his untimely departure -- and whether it's related to news of Koch's affair with a subordinate senate staffer who has yet to be named -- Brodkorb has spent the past five days keeping the world apprised of his thoughts on everything except the pressing matter at hand.
It's an interesting social media strategy, so we decided to examine his tweets in an effort to read the tea leaves.
First, let's rewind to December 12. Back then, Brodkorb still worked for the GOP, and everything was going swimmingly:
For so many reasons, today is a great day. Smile and be happy.-- Michael B. Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) December 12, 2011
This sunshine was so uncharacteristic of Brodkorb, he had to follow it up with another tweet to testify that his account had not been hacked.
This movie is helping Michael Brodkorb get through a tough time.
But the days to come would not be as pleasant.
Last Wednesday, Brodkorb was confronted by Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman, and told he no longer worked for the GOP. The story of his ouster officially broke Friday.
Hours later, Brodkorb decided to watch a movie -- the 1981 Brian De Palma flick "Blow Out." The movie is a political thriller about a governor running for president who is found dead after his car plunges into the water with a prostitute in the driver's seat.
It was an interesting choice, given the circumstances, but Brodkorb gave it a rave review at 1:44 a.m. Saturday:
Watching a great thriller...Blow Out... John Travolta...1981, a must watch; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blow_Out-- Michael B. Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) December 17, 2011
By the next day, every newspaper in town was reporting on news of Koch's affair with a senate staffer, as well as Brodkorb's departure from the senate. With rumors flying , Brodkorb seemed to be trying to project an air of obliviousness:
I've actually got a nice little Saturday planned; Excercise, Planet of the Apes, Fright Night, maybe I'll hit Bed Bath & Beyond-- Michael B. Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) December 17, 2011
He later explained that he never would have bought Planet of the Apes had he known that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had given the film its blessing:
Don't get me wrong: I don't want to see animals hurt, but PETA certainly has a big-liberal agenda...'68 version & sequals better-- Michael B. Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) December 19, 2011
In between movies, Brodkorb devoted time to getting in shape and making sure he looked dapper:
Exercised today; post exercise clean-up included daily routine of putting gel in hair; I really have no hair, but i just I can't let go.-- Michael B. Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) December 19, 2011
Exercise today, maybe borrow @Kwatt's medicine ball...thinking about getting back into running, ran marathon once & finished.-- Michael B. Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) December 20, 2011
By Tuesday, Brodkorb's movie marathon had brought him to Green Lantern. He panned it, and in the process revealed that he's a closet comic book geek:
Green Lantern was always 1 of my favorite superheroes; watching the movie now. 1st reaction? I'd rather watch a movie about Matter Eater Lad-- Michael B. Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) December 20, 2011
Ok folks, stop the DMs...I'm not making it up...Matter-Eater Lad was a real superhero, Read: bit.ly/unmG1V-- Michael B. Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) December 20, 2011
So what does it all amount to? Is it snark? Some kind of ingenious strategy to throw the press off his scent? The incoherent ramblings of a broken man?
Brodkorb ain't talking, so we'll watch his Tweets for answers.
- The Koch Affair
- Amy Koch facing pressure to resign from other Republicans
- Amy Koch had "inappropriate relationship" with ... Michael Brodkorb?
- Michael Brodkorb domestic dispute: Wife called 911
- Tony Sutton and Baja Sol owed over $250,000 in back taxes
- The MNGOP All-Scandal Team: Can't anybody here play this game?
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