GOP Senate leaders have coffee with Michael Brodkorb but won’t say why

Michael Brodkorb, the former state Senate staffer who’s apparently planning to sue the Senate for being fired, met for coffee this morning with top Republican officials, news reports say.

But no one is saying what they talked about.

Republican Senate Majority Leader David Senjem confirmed the meeting, says the Star Tribune, but wouldn’t say what it entailed. Also at the meeting in a St. Paul coffee shop was Deputy Senate Majority Leader Julianne Ortman.

Senjem told MPR:

“We had a brief conversation. I can’t go any further than that because it’s a private conversation.”

Brodkorb wouldn’t comment, either.

Brodkorb was let go from his job in December and claims it was because of an affair he had with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. He’s filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and a federal lawsuit is expected.

The Senate already has agreed to pay $85,000 in legal bills it incurred before the lawsuit has even been filed.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 06/25/2012 - 10:53 pm.


    The senate republicans insist that the taxpayers pay for their legal fees but the taxpayers are not allowed to hear what is discussed on the issue behind closed doors. How democratic! How disgraceful!

  2. Submitted by John Olson on 06/26/2012 - 09:46 am.

    Let’s See…

    Everyone in this sordid affair has reportedly lawyered up and then the likely plaintiff gets together with two folks who *may* be named as defendants for coffee, sans lawyers. Really? Are they discussing what ails the Minnesota Twins?

    Meanwhile, the Larkin-Hoffman bill was recently reported to be just south of $85,000 so far and keeps on ticking upwards.

    A decidely British term succinctly summarizes this whole debacle: shambolic.

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