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DFLers want Senate Republican Caucus to pay Brodkorb bills with cash on hand

DFL Chair Ken Martin today said that the state Senate Republican Caucus, which reported $860,000 in cash on hand last week, should pay the legal bills stemming from the lawsuit filed by former Republican Senate aide Michael Brodkorb.

Brodkorb, a Republican party activist, says he was fired from his Senate job because he was a man who had an affair with a legislator — state Sen. Amy Koch, who was then Senate majority leader. He says women staffers who had affairs with male legislators were treated differently — ie., not fired.

The state Senate already paid $85,000 in tax money to lawyers working on defending the lawsuit, and that was before it was even filed.

So, Martin said today:

“It’s too late to undo the inappropriate conduct that brought on this lawsuit, but it’s not too late for Senate Republicans to do the right thing by paying for the resulting lawsuit without using tax dollars. Senate Republicans clearly have the financial resources to cover these legal bills, and they should set up a legal defense fund to do so. There is absolutely no reason why Minnesota taxpayers should be on the hook for cleaning up after a Republican sex scandal.”

Added Martin:

“Republicans can’t keep ignoring this issue. Tax dollars are meant to serve the public good — roads, schools, public safety, and snowplows. I don’t think anyone in Minnesota wants their tax dollars spent cleaning up this embarrassment, and it’s ridiculous that the Republican Senate Caucus should expect it.”

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by chuck carlin on 08/08/2012 - 03:11 pm.

    Love in the wrong places.

    Senator Craig wants the taxpayers to cover his $217,000 tab for lawyers fees relating to his MSP biffy enamorata and now we’re looking at $85,000 and counting to cover Mr. Brodkorb’s defense of his equal right to a legislative love-in. It would seem that us taxpayers have a legitimate claim to alienation of affection(s).

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 08/08/2012 - 03:52 pm.

    Like it or not,

    he was employed by the State at the time in question. While it would be nice if the Republicans cleaned up their own mess here, I can’t help but wonder whether the DFL would be digging into its pockets if the situation were reversed.

  3. Submitted by Kenneth Kjer on 08/09/2012 - 11:36 am.

    Brodkorb bills

    First of all they have overpaid for what has been done so far. I have worked in HR for over 20 years and have handled over 25 EEO complaints such as Brodkorbs. The most I have ever seen a corporation pay for legal fees on something like this is 3000 thousand dollars. An HR Manager with one year of experience could answer the first EEO complaint. The first questionnaire of an EEO complaint is pretty much boiler plate, had they ask me, I might have charged them a couple of thousand dollars for such an easy first questionnaire. Secondly, although Brodkorb worked for the Senate, he was put their by the Republican Caucus and his job would be gone this fall if the Democrats gain back the majority. He had the affair with the Republican Senate Majority leader and his termination was handled by the Republicans and they violated just about every HR rule I can think off when it comes to terminations. Since it was done on the Republicans watch and they screwed up, they should pay for it.

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