MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for a fired Senate staffer confirmed Wednesday that his client had an intimate relationship with former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.

Attorney Phil Villaume said the admission is in a notice of claim he filed with the state as part of potential litigation by the staffer, Michael Brodkorb.

The revelation came after a breakdown in talks between Brodkorb and the Senate for possible mediation over his dismissal. Senate Secretary Cal Ludeman first announced the break, saying the Senate had refused Brodkorb’s mediation request because he hadn’t given any reason to dispute his termination.

Villaume said the two sides were close to an agreement on mediation Tuesday night, even discussing a list of potential mediators. He said mediation was abruptly pulled off the table after he filed the notice of claim, which he portrayed as a legally necessary step toward mediation.

“I’m completely befuddled,” he said.

Koch abruptly resigned her leadership position in December and later acknowledged she had had an improper relationship with a staffer. Brodkorb was fired one day later. Koch never revealed the identity of the staffer, and the circumstances of Brodkorb’s firing hadn’t been disclosed.

“In the notice of claim that we gave the state yesterday, we admitted that my client and Sen. Koch had been involved in an intimate relationship,” Villaume said. “Basically he was terminated because of that relationship.”

Villaume said he could not provide a copy of the notice.

Brodkorb and Koch both declined comment.

The Koch-Brodkorb scandal struck down two of Minnesota’s most powerful Republicans. Koch was in her first term as majority leader but was regarded as a rising star, especially after guiding her party to a successful stare-down with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton during the state shutdown last summer.

Brodkorb served as her executive assistant and also as the Senate GOP’s communications director, where he was known as an aggressive and effective spokesman.

Brodkorb hired attorneys soon after his dismissal, and they let it be known they preferred a settlement to litigation. Ludeman, in a statement announcing there would be no mediation, accused Brodkorb of trying to “extort a payment from the Senate.” Asked about the language in an interview, he said: “I was willing to use the word blackmail as well.”

Ludeman said Brodkorb was an “at will” employee who could be fired at any time.

Villaume said he planned to pursue a claim for gender discrimination. He said his argument would be that Brodkorb was fired for an affair with Koch, while female staffers who had affairs with male bosses at the Legislature over the years were not treated similarly.

“It’s a real unique kind of claim but we feel a strong one,” he said.

Brodkorb was paid more than $90,000 a year as Koch’s assistant.

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Comments (39)
  1. angus says:

    I thought he had better taste than that.

  2. Bubba says:

    Ah, from the party of the moral high ground.

    1. Slick Willie says:

      I feel his pain….

    2. Dear Bubba, says:

      John Kennedy has to be the King of ladies man…. and the media at the time protected him… Total Slime!!

      1. Paul Solinger says:

        Way to keep up with current events, there, “Dear Bubba”.

    3. Tom says:

      @ Bubba


  3. aintnoangel says:

    What would Rush say? Would he ask for the videos if Brodkorb sues the Minnesota Senate? Just askin.

  4. Jack Anderson says:

    I fail to see the need to drag anyone threw the dirt. Boys are boys and girls are girls. Sometimes they do stuff that our personal values find less than acceptable. Who are we, however, to be the crucifiers? Not my responsibility and it would be a whole lot healthier if others on both sides of the “political aisle” realized that as well! Making everything involving a politician a POLITICAL ISSUE is to me extremely appaling, no matter what side the perps come from.

    1. Ines Beag says:

      It’s sick that adults can’t keep their traps shut. You would expect this from a 15 year old boy bragging he had nailed his teacher.

    2. hetero privilege says:

      Yes, adultery is insignificant compared to being gay. Silly boys and girls.

  5. Bill Clintons Cigar says:

    Why are all liberals so PO’d all the time? Does their world suck that bad?

    1. aintnoangel says:

      Ya But Who is “PO’d all the time”? All I did was asked a question and we all know Rush is the “Man with all the answers”. Can’t a liberal ask a question anymore without being labeled “PO’d”?

  6. CommonSenseForSure says:

    Everytime I have to hear about this story, I end up being forced to visual that woman and her offensively large behind being “intimate” with someone. Gross! and Enough! Don’t care, don’t want to know. I should sue the State for pain and suffering. Having an affair isn’t against the law, it’s arrogant and morally bankrupt…not surprising behavior from a politcal figure.

    1. hard to swallow says:

      I just threw up a little in my mouth.

    2. No sheep here says:

      Even when it’s the leader of the free world? Clinton=MORALLY BANKRUPT!!!!

  7. Jeff says:

    Great Comment!!!!!

  8. Pork Chop says:

    So much for the sanctity of marriage. When people speak about one man, one woman…do they mean at a time?

  9. Susan says:

    DUH!!! we all figured out he and Koch were having a fling, what a dumb thing for both of them to do

  10. Barb Altman Cline says:

    The party of family values and fiscal responsibility! Not in MN, Amy, Mike and Tony sure are a great trio!

    Wonder what they are going to do for an encore?

    1. Tom says:

      @ Barb Altman Cline

      Yes ‘Family Values: and “Fiscal Responsibility” sound good, but neither one really exists. the only place they exist is in the bubble that conservatives live in.

  11. ipmutt says:

    shame on mainstream media. Entertainment over news

  12. daddy's big girl says:

    Flabs lost her halo.

  13. jackactionhero says:

    Michael Brodkorb was my best friend until after 3rd grade. I wonder how Christmas was at the Brodkorb household this past December. He’s a catholic and is married. I thought catholics were the most devout christians, but I guess they’re hypocrites just like the other denominations, eh?

    1. No sheep here says:

      Especially muslims!!!

  14. Dale Gribble says:

    See how the liberal PC media smears decent, White Christian Americans? All of these lies and filth are being published with the sole intent of damaing the Republican Party and the Christian Faith.

    1. Barb Altman Cline says:

      Not lies, filth mabe, but who is doing the damage? Seems to me, Amy, Mike and Tony did this themselves, not the media. Message here is clean your own house before you tell others to.

  15. Tom says:

    @ Dale

    You really need to leave your bubble! Conservatives like yourself like to blame liberals every time your party does or says something stupid!

  16. Bettylarue says:

    Could WCCO kindly not invite these rude and uncalled for “off the wall” comments? We know these rude ignorant people are living and breathing among us, but why advertise the fact? Why give them a forum?

    1. Dale Gribble says:

      Thank you Bettylarue!!! It is difficult for decent White Christian Americans to make their voices heard over all of the treasonous nonsense.

  17. Kevin says:

    Can you imagine getting behind that hideous thing?

  18. Tommy Solo says:

    That evil chick from Superman II woulda said “What an undemanding male this Michael Brodkorb must be!” LOL!

  19. jimmyp says:

    So not only is this “man” an unethical cheating cad (redundant ? ? ?), now he seeks to parlay his indiscretion(s) into a cash buy off. Politicians – – – some things never change. And I’ll bet this “man” would assert to “taking the high road”. Again, politicians – – – some things never change

    1. Kevin says:


      Rep. Barney Frank. The outspoken Massachusetts Democrat hired a male prostitute who ran a prostitution service from Frank’s residence in the 1980s. Only two Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to censure him in 1990.

    2. jackactionhero says:

      I don’t think you could call him a politician. He did not hold a political office. He used to be a blogger and then got propped into the vice chair of the MN GOP behind Tony Sutton the sith lord.

  20. Gordon says:

    Brodkop forgets that this is a free will state. Without a union or a contract he can be fired without reason unless he is in a protected class. Bonking your boss does not constitute a protected class

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