MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Its been a rocky week for the Minnesota Republican party.

Sen. Amy Koch resigned as Majority Leader. She made that announcement after she was accused of an improper relationship with a Senate staff member.

Senior Republicans say they received multiple complaints from multiple Senate employees. Koch’s colleagues say they are shocked by the allegations.

And there’s more drama within the GOP — the Senate Republican Caucus spokesman, Michael Brodkorb, is no longer working for the Minnesota Senate.

Sen. Geoff Michel, now interim leader of the GOP, appeared on WCCO Sunday Morning and was asked about the rumored inappropriate relationship. WCCO’s Esme Murphy asked Michel, point-blank, is the Senate staffer allegedly involved with Sen. Koch, Brodkorb?

“I’m going to answer as fully and completely as I can, any of your questions today, but the law prohibits me from talking about any specific Senate employees or even former Senate employees,” he said. “There’s a legal process that will surround that. We’ve asked the secretary of the Senate, who handles these sorts of human resources issues, to handle this for us.”

Michel said it’s been a tough week for the Minnesota GOP, but they’re hoping to move on.

“A very rough week, Esme, no other way to say that, I guess one of the things we’re trying to do now is to make it clear we have a transitional team in place, we are moving forward and the Senate republican caucus will have elections within two weeks, so by the end of December we’ll have a new leader, a new leadership team and then we’ll be able to move into January and a new session,” Michel said.

Esme Murphy

Comments (39)
  1. dlm says:

    Well, don’t break that “law” and answer the question… What an idiot. Makes me sick.

    1. kate says:

      So if he had broken the law and answered the question you would have complained about his ethics. You can’t have it both ways.
      I’m a liberal and am glad he is following the rules – and making it clear why he can’t answer.

  2. maxey says:

    Must be what they mean by ‘passionate conservatism.’

    1. love says:

      Lets ban gay marriage, the republicians for sure have a lockhold on morality.
      Give me a break. Senator Koch, way to go!!!!

  3. The Crux of the Buscuit says:

    At least these Republicans were having affairs with consenting ADULTS this time…..

    1. Ahhhhhh says:

      If ignorance is bliss, Crux and BS must be a couple of very happy cowpokes!!

      Have either of ’em ever included a fact in any of their comments?

    2. jackactionhero says:

      And they had previously entered into the sacred bond of marriage with SOMEONE ELSE. Minor detail. Going to be an interesting Christmas in the Brodkorb household this year…

  4. Deep Thinker says:

    Can you blame this guy, Koch is hot…

  5. Murph says:

    Actually they both would finish first in class when speaking about politicians.Unfortunate for the GOP the class was 8th grade,after school,behind the bleachers class! Together they both have all the sex appeal of Rush Limbaugh stoned to his gills!

  6. Ken Kjer says:

    I believe that ultimately the people who are the employers are entitled to know exactly what went on.

    1. maxey says:

      I don’t think we want to know exactly. And I think we already know in general terms.

    2. Richard in Minneapolis says:

      Only if it was done on company time, i.e. in the capitol building between 8-5.

      Or would you rather be forced to disclose to your employer exactly what you are doing and with whom, 24/7?

      1. jackactionhero says:

        If it was one married person doing it with another married person, and you’re both in a job working towards getting certain people elected, and destroying the political careers of others, then yes, this should be disclosed, Richard.

        There is a conflict of interest there. That is why people care about this type of event. You actually disagree?

  7. JP says:

    How bout dem Vikes, eh?

  8. keel says:

    Hey! Amy Koch and a bottle of Peppermint Schnapps in a fish house eh? Purty nice and toasty!

  9. drts says:

    Hope none of this was going on this summer when the government was supposed to be shut down.

  10. I'm liberal OK says:

    I want to know exactly what happen. I want all the details of how it went down. I want Daniel Steel to write it. The people demand to know answers.

  11. Pauline Overby says:

    I love a FAMILY Values Party.

    All for their family, none for yours.

    Being the leader has its perks. With any luck this is just an attempt to bribe her, not tare her family apart.

  12. angus says:

    Watching the Republicans reminds me I haven’t seen such dancing since the last Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers movie.

    My sympathy is for her teen age daughter and the abuse she will get when she goes to school. Her husband should say that is it and you are out of here.

    Sure am glad our leaders to protect marraige are such upstanding people. Of course I doubt anything would happen if the two of them were up standing

  13. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    Why are we so obsessed with who is boinking whom? They are two consenting adults. Whatever they do behind closed doors IS NONE OF OUR DAMNED BUSINESS. This coverage is infantile voyeurism. Get over it.

    1. snowfire says:

      Apparently they understand that the party they represent doesn’t believe in this behavior and so they made the decision to step down. The coverage is expected when our political subjects step down for any reason. I understand how you may not like the comments here; I know I prefer to read constructive responses. When a glass house is shattered from the inside don’t blame the outsiders. Peace!

    2. Orrest says:

      Sorry that you don’t understand the bass shouldn’t be boinking the staff.

      1. orrest says:

        err, boss, too long of work week
        Bass combo of boss and _____ss

  14. Dave says:

    I love the fundies who tell the rest of us that we’re invading their life.

  15. See BS says:

    There were two stories involving female public school teachers, just recently — and somehow in pretend make-believe world, the Republicans have a PR nightmare this week?

    Can’t take any shots at the DFL eh’?

    1. Frankie says:

      The media has covered the trails and sentancing of these teachers. What is your point? You are so partisan you look in the mirror and see your name.

      1. See BS says:

        Some stories are louder than others, that’s because corporate run media is partisan.

  16. Tc Kelly says:

    See this is a prime example of the government thinking they can do whatever they want to. These politicians are the same as us in the sex department, but they seem to think it wont come out. SORRY! It always does and always will. If you don’t want a scandal then keep your pants on. Easy enough. I would rather see news about how many of them personally profit for their little cronies out there… Now that would be a good story!

  17. jackactionhero says:

    Michael Brodkorb was my best friend in elementary school. We were neighbors. I met up with him again through Facebook when he was the MN GOP Deputy Chair and was working on the Emmer campaign.

    BTW, Michael is a self-proclaimed christian and a married man. LOL

    1. frozenrunner says:

      You know, wouldn’t it be cool if all of these self proclaimed christian men tried harder to emulate Christ. At least grow long hair and the beard.

      1. jackactionhero says:

        He’s been bald for quite a while. He looks WAY, WAY older than I do. 🙂

    2. Max Weber says:

      Did you tell him about all the time you spent in the joint? Lotta Christians in there, too…

      1. jackactionhero says:

        “All the time”? LOL, let’s not exaggerate.

        Everybody becomes a christian in the joint. You get to get out and go to church instead of sitting in the day room.

        1. desert eagle .50 says:

          How does “everybody” become a Christian in the joint? Please be specific.

  18. Betsy Dutton says:

    Why is ‘CCO still covering this issue? We accepted the “breaking” news because it was note worthy that there was a big change in the governmental process, but.. Once the basic details were revealed, that should have been the end of it.. MOVE ON, this is no longer news, its salious journalism. We’re not learning anything new that helps the people of Minnesota, now we’re just getting details that are TMI. When something really news worthy needs reporting, do so, but leave the details that do not benefit the people off the news.

  19. mr obvious says:

    Yuck. The guy has terrible taste. Michel looks like a freakn HIPPO. I’d rather beat my junk then mess with that ugly thing.

  20. tom c says:

    Maybe they should make a movie call Brodkorb Mountain.