New Details Emerge About Minn. GOP Scandal

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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  • jimmy

    The only pukes are the power hungry conservatives that will end up getting sued over this. What are those conservative Senators nothing more than voyeurs. Yes conservatives are PREDICTABLE AND PATHETIC.

    • Maybe jimmy with a

      Correction here jimmy.
      Both parties are pathetic power and status and ego hungry pukes who don’t give a damn about you-me-anyone in the country except their own kind and family.
      The day is a coming when the USA will look just like Iraq-Iran-Egypt-Korea-Greece-Spain-France-and the list gets bigger,,,,, the pukes in time will be tossed, the system cleaned up but likely the system also will come down. Sad thought huh

      • You get 4 stars.

        While we’ve all seen conservatives claim this before, both parties are the same, the sky is falling and a veiled threat of revolution. Never before have we seen it is just 2 sentences.

  • bob

    Love the last name there Jenny….

    • Mr PRL

      The lieberal media shrugs it off when a Democratic horn dog president goes after young gilrs 1/4 his age that working for him….now why all the hub bub??

  • Rocky

    so what are the new “DETAILS” I didn’t see anything NEW in the story, but who cares, arn’t they adults, if they want to lick eachother, fine, who cares….

  • Jay

    Michael Bradkorp is now free to focus on passing a constitutional amendment that restricts marriage to one man + one woman + Michael Brodkorp. Meanwhile, where is the Senate Ethics Committee and why isn’t its members looking at how Koch abused her position?

  • Hmmmm

    Sounds like a faction of the GOP were gunning for her:

    “she believes she was threatened with exposure if she did not resign.”

  • Cassandra Morriison

    I don’t want to hear anymore gossip. I am losing the willl to live.


      Don’t lose hope, things will work themself out. Much of what you may be feeling could be because of the gray wheather we’ve been expereincing. Try to focus on cheerfull things like flowers, kittens & puppies. Don’t lose hope. The only thing you really have to do right now is take that next breath, & remember YOU ARE LOVED.

      • jackactionhero

        LOL. How do you know she’s loved?? What a hilarious exchange.

  • zee the reporter

    the gop is a disgrace!

  • Murph

    If there is a video it would make millions on the web! Who knows,the GOP could get a lot of dough for their campaign coffers. Too bad the House Republicans just nixed any remaining slight hope that the GOP would end up in the White House! Tough break for the new and improved fascist GOP! But money is,money,maybe than can give some proceeds to the super rich??

  • Mary me Amy - you big, beautiful fatty!

    Leave her alone – she’s just a fatty…

    • Raoul Duke

      The looser the waistband, the deeper the quicksand
      You know what I mean…

  • lunkerguy

    I guess you can put lipstick on a pig !

  • Mr PRL

    The lieberal media shrugs it off when a Democratic horn dog president goes after young gilrs 1/4 his age that is working for him….now why all the hub bub??

    • Haskell Nixon

      You left this comment before. i guess that you republicans repeat it enough that will make it true.

  • otrey whackos go figure

    It’s Ortonville Minnesota, I know a woman who milds the tax payers for a paycheck with the USDA while receiving welfare checks from the USDA for her farm, she also believe mountain goats climb all over the face of the hoover dam because she read it in an email

  • The Crux of the Buscuit

    Ah yes, the ‘familly vaues’ group hard at it again……

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