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.”
“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.”