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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Three days after the allegations broke, there are a few new details about the scandal surrounding a top Minnesota lawmaker. Sen. Amy Koch stepped down as Senate Majority Leader last week. That was one day before fellow Republicans said she had an inappropriate relationship with a staff member she supervised.

Koch was confronted about possible misconduct at a private meeting Wednesday night at the Minneapolis Club. Sources close to Koch say she believes she was threatened with exposure if she did not resign.

But Senate leaders say it was Koch herself who brought up resigning.

On Friday, Communications Director Michael Brodkorb was fired by the Secretary of the Senate at a public setting outside the Capitol.

The Senate Secretary said on Monday there are no complaints filed against Brodkorb and no investigation is underway. Sources say Brodkorb has retained an attorney.

Meanwhile, Minnesota Senators are in shock over the sudden developments. They plan to elect a new majority leader soon — probably next week. Some say it’s a matter of pushing ahead, regardless of personal feelings.

At some point the Senate Republicans will elect a new majority leader and there will soon be a flood of candidates for that job. But most want some time and distance before beginning that new campaign.

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