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Brodkorb dispute takes odd turn

Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman issues a statement abruptly and publicly refusing Michael Brodkorb’s attempt to mediate.

The legal dispute over the termination of former Senate communications director Michael Brodkorb took an odd turn late Wednesday when Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman issued a statement abruptly and publicly refusing Brodkorb’s attempt to mediate.

“Despite Mr. Brodkorb’s efforts to disrupt the work of the Senate in the current legislative session, to distract members of the Senate, to extort a payment from the Senate, and to try his so-called claims in the media, the Senate will not allow that to succeed,” Ludeman said in the statement.

Brodkorb’s attorney, Greg Walsh, challenged the statement with equal force. “He’s either out of the loop or being intentionally dishonest,” Walsh said.

Walsh took specific exception to Ludeman’s statement that the “attorney retained by the Senate has reviewed this matter thoroughly had concluded that his claims are without merit whatsoever.”

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Walsh said that as of yesterday that attorney, Dayle Nolan, had agreed to mediate the case after the end of the legislative session in April. “We were working through a confidentiality agreement presented by the Senate,” Walsh said.

 “The Senate handled Mr. Brodkorb’s termination properly,” the statement concluded. “When leadership changes occur in the Senate, changes in supporting staff are routine.”

 “It’s stunning to see that this would come from Mr. Ludeman,” was Walsh’s response. “Either he has no clue or there’s something coming out of the Senate that he needs to guard against.”

Brodkorb attorney Phil Villaume confirmed yesterday that his client and former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch had an affair.  The disclosure was in documents Villaume gave to the state as part of Brodkorb’s potential wrongful dismissal lawsuit.