ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP/WCCO) —A Democratic state senator has filed an ethics complaint against Republican Sen. Geoff Michel over his handling of allegations of infidelity against former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.

“I do think he owes us an apology,” said Sen. Sandy Pappas, who filed the complaint Monday. “There should be a public apology on the floor of the Senate for lying.”

The complaint says Michel “betrayed the public’s trust” by making false statements in a news conference about when he first learned of an affair between Koch and a subordinate employee. Michel later acknowledged the discrepancy but said he was trying to protect people involved.

“Senator Michel clearly wasn’t honest,” said DFL Senate Leader Tom Bakk. “When it actually came out he lied about when he had knowledge of it.”

Koch resigned as majority leader after Michel and other senators confronted her. The employee, Michael Brodkorb, was fired and is threatening to sue the Senate.

Reporters asked Bakk why an ethics complaint wasn’t filed against Koch. He replied, “Senator Koch has already paid a significant price…I think in her personal life and her life here at the legislature as a leader.”

On Monday afternoon, Michel released a statement: “This is about politics and payback and has nothing to do with ethics. The DFL wants a few more headlines. The conflict of interest has been resolved. The workplace environment has improved. And, we did this while protecting whistleblowers and staff. I have asked for an immediate hearing to resolve this matter.””

Michel announced recently he isn’t running for reelection to his Edina-area Senate seat.

Senate Majority Leader David Senjem said he doesn’t think Michel did anything wrong deserving of an ethics complaint. But the top GOP senator said the matter will have to be handled carefully.

“I don’t know how public this can be given the pending lawsuit,” Senjem said. “That’s for lawyers to decide.”

By rule the ethics committee now has 30 days to schedule a hearing on the matter.

“If Senator Michel would publicly apologize on the Senate floor and respond to the issues in the complaint then I would seriously consider withdrawing my complaint,” Pappas said.

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Comments (31)
  1. H Stassen says:

    Why can’t the Democrats get back to focusing on jobs instead of peeking into other people’s bedrooms?

    1. gcr says:

      just following the GOP lead

    2. scott says:

      That question should be ask of the GOP too. I have yet to see a bill that will help get jobs. Platform is for less laws, but as I write this, The GOP is asking to make new law and more rules with a ballot amendments. It would be hypocritical to ask about the DFL, when the majority is the GOP.

      1. Ruth says:

        Amen! Yes indeed!

      2. PoliticiansSUX says:

        The Democrats had 32 years to create jobs, balance the budget and keep the house and senate in order, and look where that 32 years got us….

        1. Gunnar says:

          GOP leaders having affairs, GOP supporters with no memory of how Pawlenty handles the state,
          Initiatives by the house and senate are meaningless with an opposite party governor. There has not been a Democrat controlled state legislature/governor for 22 years. What happened 22 years ago matters little now.

          1. Frankenberry says:

            Tpaw did his best to limit the damage from the rogue DFL legislature. They put piles on dung on his desk and he did his best to dissect it and get rid of as much waste as possible. Now they have the gov-she-ship and 1 leg of the legislature and nothing is getting done. The Reps have to resort to putting things on ballot just to get anything done. DFL=dumb frick’n loosers!

            1. Rafael says:

              T Paw ran a government for eight years without reducing the workforce as the chief administrator. Do not blame dems for where the government is at

          2. Rafael says:

            The only overide of aPawlenty was for the gas tax. It would be nice if you could get over your anger and know facts

            1. PoliticiansSUX says:

              Yes Rafael, get YOUR FACT STRAIGHT. Go back and read the record, it is all there. The democrats spent 6 BILLION we did not have and added a tax to gas, which is about to go to record levels, thus tanking our economy again. They also refused to negotiate with the governor and caused the longest shut down of the state. Anymore history you care to try to rewrite?

              1. Rafael says:

                Pawlenty signed off on the budget and vetoed the tax increase to cover it. He tried to unallot which was not legal. Get your facts straight and revisionist history. The conservative rewrite is pure fiction.

              2. Frankie says:

                You have an apt name except you shovel partisan BS.

        2. llp says:

          Sorry I think this all started with Ronald RayGun and his Voodoo Economics

    3. Barb Altman Cline says:

      The ethics complaint was about a lie, not a lay!!!!!!!
      Get your facts right!!!!

    4. Greg Loosanus says:

      H Stassen….you have my interest.

  2. G Dog says:

    Just when the GOP thought they had this swept under the rug………

  3. Kevin D says:

    Michel released a statement: “This is about politics and payback…”

    Oh you betcha! You got that one right at least.

  4. KEVIN says:

    The dem’s are afraid of what Brodkorp might be saying about what dems might be in bed with other dems or maybe even with a republican

    1. Gunnar says:

      As Brodkob worked for the GOP and the nature of partisanship, in the current legislature, your comment shows little intellect.

  5. KEVIN says:

    Gunnar, just wait and see. The chichens will come home to roost.

    1. Rafael says:

      So you would believe someone trying to extort money to be telling the truth? Gunnar is right, you havee little intellect.

  6. G Dog says:

    I think Brodkorb had help…I mean, have you seen Amy Koch? He had to have help from two men and a truck.

  7. Jack Anderson says:

    Politics, politics, politics! Why can’t these bozos (imho, all of them, State, Federal and local as well) stop with the nonstop campaigning and get something done for all of us – the very things they were elected for and sent there to do! I truly HOPE for real CHANGE and an end to the pain the currents, from top to bottom in all administrations and from all persuasions, are continually subjecting us to. What an embarrassment our political system has become. And the general public drum beaters who glom on to any hint of an issue and participate in/encourage the flame fanning, to me, need to share the guilt! are,

  8. Kevin says:

    Govt Ethics……give me a freakin break…….hang them all….one by one for ruining this once great country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Allie says:

    Tom Bakk Senate DFL leader is the pot calling the kettle black. He married a staffer who divorced her husband. I didn’t see the GOP file a complaint over an improper relationship when that occurred – maybe because he was a man and the staff member a woman?.

    1. PoliticiansSUX says:

      Or maybe it is because the republicans really want to stay out of your bedroom (IF YOUR ARE HETEROSEXUAL THAT IS) and the democrats are taking every opportunity to take shots at the republicans? Maybe because this whole thing is political and since this guy is not running again, he has nothing to lose so he will take one last parting shot for his party?

      1. Rafael says:

        There is a difference between leaving your wife for a staffer as the Republicans still embrace Newt. Newt didi a similar action as Bakk. Koch and Brodkorb did not divorce their spouses for the lust they had for each other. There is a difference there although neither situation is a favorable way to go through political life.

  10. Lulu says:

    Imagine seeing amy k naked…….

    1. Ride the Tide says:

      As long as it isn’t from behind…… Imagine that winker?

    2. Deep Sea Diver says:

      I bet Michael went doooowwwwwwnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. StanleyPeterson says:

    This DFL Sewer Rat is like Al Franken with all the plans to control the common folks on the street?

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