Brodkorb Threatens To Expose Other Capitol Affairs

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — A fired Minnesota Senate GOP staffer is threatening to expose adulterous affairs by other legislators as part of a potential lawsuit over his firing, according to a document made public Thursday.

Michael Brodkorb’s legal strategy was laid out in a “notice of claims” document his attorneys filed with the state Tuesday. He was fired in December over an affair with his boss, then-Majority Leader Amy Koch.

In the document, attorney Philip Villaume wrote that Brodkorb is the victim of gender discrimination because female staffers who’ve had affairs with male legislators weren’t fired.

“He intends to depose all of the female legislative staff employees who participated in intimate relationships, as well as the legislators who were party to those intimate relationships, in support of his claims of gender discrimination,” the notice said.

The notice did not say how many female staffers Brodkorb believes had affairs with male legislators.

Brodkorb is demanding more than $500,000 in damages, the notice said. It also threatens invasion-of-privacy claims against three former members of the Senate GOP leadership and a current and former Senate staffer.

Villaume responded to allegations he says were made by Cal Ludeman, a Senate official who he says lied about and “smeared” Brodkorb.

“We are shocked and dismayed at press release issued by Ludeman,” said Villaume.

Villaume refuted each claim made in the statement. He said claims that Brodkorb doesn’t have a case are wrong. He said they gave counsel details of the case. Villaume said Brodkorb was going to mediate the suit, when session is done, never having intented to upset senate actions.

Plans were in the works to mediate the case, but because of the press release, now mediation is off the table. Talks broke down Tuesday between Brodkorb’s attorneys and Senate officials.

Villaume said they are filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He says they will take depositions from other senators and staff, past and present, to see if there were other affairs where no one was fired.

Koch abruptly resigned her leadership position in December. Brodkorb was fired one day later without a public explanation. She later acknowledged she had had an improper relationship with a staffer, but wouldn’t reveal his identity, which went unconfirmed until Villaume acknowledged Wednesday that it was Brodkorb.

Koch was in her first term as majority leader but was regarded as a rising star in the party. Brodkorb was paid more than $90,000 a year for serving as her executive assistant and as the Senate GOP’s communications director, where he was known as an aggressive and effective spokesman.

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  • Dale Gribble

    Brodkorp is a true piece of garbage.

    • Whip Me Good

      I’ll bet he enjoyed wearing nothing but a collar and a leash and licking Amy’s boots.

    • See BS

      Did Monica Lewinski get fired?

      • Homer

        Was she ever a paid employee?

      • Pork Chop

        Monica Lewinski? How long ago was that? Seems like those adulterous Republicans just can’t get enough of those family values these days!!!! Stay tuned for the next episode of “Desperate Republicans.”

        • See BS

          The baby boomer generation is more uptight about sex than the Catholic Church.

          Why is this a big deal and in the news? Don’t we want government to stay out of our personal lives?

          Unless they got caught doing things at the capital, it’s no ones business.

          • Marcus Bachmann

            Hmmm – we do push our values and positions on things down your throats with our vote on bills.
            We also play a public position of this virtue or that to win your vote too
            So I guess since we lie and get caught in a lie to the Public —- maybe it is the Public’s business as you are paying my salary.
            So let us hear your bs on this one BS

    • Tom T

      Get ’em dude….seems he was canned, she’s still collecting a check and in office and the Big Bro system wants him quieted and squashed.
      Take ’em all down and let them join you in the unemployment line.
      Seriously – go get them.

      • BB

        I agree!!

    • Little Tin God

      If Brodkorb is a piece of garbage, what does that make Amy Koch?

      • Cheers

        A collection box??????

  • Curtis

    people have sex? even with people they aren’t married to? even republicans? SHOCKING!!

    • travis

      true… but only one of them claims to have the moral highground in the country.

  • Kevin

    Lets just move them all to North Minneapolis……we can put the dome just off Dowling for easy access…..then we can hire a rainbow coalition security team to protect them……then film it all for a reality TV series…..then for the opening episode….we have the media announce that all long term welfare is being turned off…….let the rainbow games begin…….

  • G Dog

    So THAT’s why the Republican leadership wanted to sweep the whole thing under the table.

    GOP=Party of Family Values

    • Tom

      @ G Dog

      The only place where these “values” exist is in the conservative bubble. They preach the “values” then they end up breaking the “golden rules” they supposedly tell the rest of us to abide by. That is why these conservatives are the biggest hyprocrits!

  • Rox

    Hey G Dog
    Who said they were all GOP. I would love to see the names that come up. You may be shocked. But then again maybe not because you come for a Party of No Family Values.

    • Tom

      @ Rox:

      You need to leave your bubble!

    • Frozenrunner

      As Brodkop worked for the GOP majority it would be reasonable to expect that would be where he has the most intimate knowledge. The current alignment of politicians do not appear to socialize together

      • TINMPLS

        What’s not reasonable is that he gained all this intimate knowledge in less than a year on the job.

        • Frankie

          Maybe he is not a head up the butt Republican and kept his eyes open to the world around him. A couple weeks of observing people should give you plenty of ideas what is going on

  • Blinky

    Give the guy an award for taking one for the team up there Yikes did you see her

    • Jean

      He loves those BBWs.

  • MAJ

    This is getting better than a “soap opera.”

    • Swamp Rat

      This is better than old TV soap opera; this is Minnesota’s great version of “As Minnesota Churns”! I’m not talking about butter. Yes, another daily chapter of the MN Legislature’s true-life soap show. Don’t you love it?

  • Jay

    Bring it on Brodkorb, wed love to see just how many others get fired!! Dont ya just love it when the frypan calls the kettle black??

  • Gressex

    At least Koch (with what little scruples she has) quietly slipped away and is presumably working to mend her family. This D-Bag is throwing his family under the bus for money. I’m sure his wife is humiliated beyond words, and his kids scarred for life.

  • jimmy

    I guess the Senate won’t be paying back the schools of the rainy day fund. They’ll have to pay for their sex scandals.

  • Bailey

    What a complete schmuck, go find something better to do.

  • Tom C

    Make a movie call it Brodkorb Mountain.

    • jimmy

      Well Rush does want video.


    Brodkorb doesn’t have a leg to stand on. He’s a paid employee that violated the Senate ethis code and Minnesota is an at-will employment state. He is no more entied to a settle as a job. And so what if he alleges additional affairs? Does he have any proof? Good luck Brodkorb.

  • jackactionhero

    I don’t think we need to guess who was on top…..

    • Cheers to disclosure

      Imagine the soon to be exposed dudes kida wondering which one of them is on top in the pics about to go viral
      I can see it now….puny little junk they have.

    • nuff said

      I will never get that out of my head.

    • desert eagle .50

      True enough. How was it?

      Please be specific.


    So what”s he going to do, claim that he had knowlege of other affairs and didn’t report them thereby violating even more Senate ethics rules? Then he quietly tries to extort money from the Senate possibly violating a host of actual state laws. This guy better just quit before he ends up jail.

  • jr

    Is that not blackmail? Give me money or else? March them all into cour GOP DFL glbt I dont care. bring em all in.

  • Brett

    I can’t wait to see and hear the tapes that were secretly made on this deal… Will make soaps look like Sesame Street…..

    • Marcus Bachmann

      No – I promise it was not me. I was not involved with any male intern. No – not me. He spells it the same, smells the same but really … I know he has a mask. I mean it ….
      Michele …. Michele, I need you

  • bring it on

    I see a 2013 calendar coming with all this “exposure”.

  • Mike Brodkorb

    I happily and publicly acknowledge my fondness for farm animals.

  • Sam

    He was fired for something that other staffers wouldn’t have been fired for. It was his profession and he deserve compensation.

  • Murph

    Tastes do not get much broader than Brodkorbs. That had to be one one of the broadest booties I have ever seen! If thery gave scores for scores like that,he’d be the homerun champion of the GOP! If he has anything to add,I”m all ears! If you can find ’em in that wide world of booty time!

  • Barb Altman Cline

    Better watch out, Santorum wants to limate porn and some of these posts would probably upset his holiness!

    • Murph

      Barb, spoken like a true,blue and here’s my phone number gal! As if the government wants to regulate what shoes we wear,what cereal we have for breakfast and whatever,whenever but not when they don’t want us to! While all the time they do anything in private,anytime,anywhere,whenever they feel like it! Oh my goodness I feel DIRTY just saying this…NOT! Hey GOP, you ain’t my Party,get over it!

  • Murph

    Hey Mikey!,we like it! Telli it like it is! The holier than thou party has run it’s mouth,grown Pinnochio noses, and B.S.’ ed itself out of any chance of electing a POTUS! The party who drools over $5 gas, bigger T bones for 450 lb oil magnates and laughs at the stupid southern rednecks who vote their way! While the coal companies and tycoons polluting their drinking water and breathable air laugh all the way to the bank! They really deserve northern tier butt kicking! I will work for substandard wages,no benefits and until I die! Only in their dreams and that of their backers.In reality,if the rich guy with three dozen kids, the brainwashed newcomer without a a suplus of smarts or American ideals or morals, or the Salamander,by another name or even old Alzheimer patient Ronnie win,we all lose! God help us ,if people are stupid enough to elect another Bushleaguer,to ruin us yet again!

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