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Nick Coleman accuses Ron Rosenbaum of "freelance character assassination"

And you thought any triangle of relationships involving Amy Koch and two men also had to include Michael Brodkorb...
And you thought any triangle of relationships involving Amy Koch and two men also had to include Michael Brodkorb...

One interesting new tidbit from the Strib's Amy Koch exposé has to do with how news of Koch's affair with then-staffer Michael Brodkorb circulated back in December 2011.

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Turns out news was spoon-fed to WCCO by local attorney and radio personality Ron Rosenbaum, of all people, who was informed of the Koch-Brodkorb affair by a man named Tom Rapp via then-Senator Geoff Michel.

Equally interesting was the way in which Koch came to find out it was Rosenbaum who informed local media of a scandal that until then had been contained to MNGOP Senate caucus insiders. From the Strib:

Left with a legal and public relations mess, Koch moved [in early 2011] to hire lawyer and public relations guru Ron Rosenbaum.

At their first meeting, Rosenbaum made a stunning disclosure: While Koch had been releasing her resignation announcement, he -- at Michel's behest -- had been calling a reporter at WCCO to leak news of the affair.

"You could have knocked me over with a feather," Koch said.

The day before the confrontative meeting with Koch, Michel had met privately with Todd Rapp, a longtime friend and president of the public relations group Himle, Rapp & Co.

Rapp, a DFLer and onetime House staffer, said Michel wanted media relations advice on how to handle Koch's likely departure from leadership.

"It was pretty clear he had an idea what he was going to do," Rapp said of Michel in an interview.

But even after Koch agreed to resign, Rapp said, Michel was concerned that she was not going to address the affair and worried that the news would dribble out over time, drawing out the political impact.

He said he and Michel decided that the best course would be to leak a fuller story to the media and then hold a news conference.

Rapp quickly called Rosenbaum, who had worked with him on several projects, and they agreed to leak the story to WCCO.

"I knew it was a political bomb," Rosenbaum said.

The revelation that Rosenbaum played a key role in orchestrating Koch's political downfall didn't sit well with Nick Coleman, who got into a bitter Twitter war with Rosenbaum after characterizing his December 2011 behavior as falling somewhere between unethical and odious. Here's the blow by blow:

Nick Coleman accuses Ron Rosenbaum of "freelance character assassination"
Nick Coleman accuses Ron Rosenbaum of "freelance character assassination"
Nick Coleman accuses Ron Rosenbaum of "freelance character assassination"


Coleman blogs independently these days but has been out of the Twin Cities media limelight since taking a buyout from the Star Tribune back in early 2009, so Rosenbaum's "Been away from work too long" line might be a bit of a low blow. Then again, Coleman did put Rosenbaum on blast first, so this might be one of those proverbial instances where  you have to expect some heat if you're going to hang out in the kitchen.


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