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Senate attorneys turn up the heat with broad requests for Brodkorb information

Attorneys for the Minnesota Senate have served a 35-page affidavit of requests to Michael Brodkorb, seeking a wide range of information.

The requests include medical records and his employment record after he was dismissed as communications director for the Senate Republican caucus in 2011 for his affair with then- Majority Leader Amy Koch.

The Larkin Hoffman law firm representing the Senate has also asked for the current status of Brodkorb’s relationship with Koch and the name and title of every legislative staff member who, Brodkorb claims, had similar relationships with legislators but who were not terminated as a result.

Attorneys Phil Villaume and Greg Walsh, who are representing Brodkorb in his wrongful termination case against the Senate, responded to some but not all of the requests.

The attorneys stated that Brodkorb would identify legislative staff members and legislators “under separate cover and marked ‘For Attorneys’ Eyes Only.’”

Villaume and Walsh replied that the request regarding Brodkorb’s current relationship with Koch “is intended to harass, embarrass, and simply annoy” him.

They revealed that Brodkorb had been retained as a consultant by four public affairs firms and the 1st Congressional District campaign of state Sen. Mike Perry. Brodkorb will provide his medical history in a sealed document, according to the Villaume and Walsh response.

Senate attorneys are also asking Brodkorb to produce documentation of all communications with the media and public relations firms and text messages and emails between him and Koch after his termination.

The affidavit reveals the names of individuals whose conversations with Brodkorb were tape recorded, including former Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman, former Senate President and current Sen. Michelle Fischbach, state Sen. Julianne Ortman and former Senate Majority Leader David Senjem.

The affidavit also includes copies of the media coverage of Brodkorb’s traffic accident in January, which resulted in DWI conviction.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Sally Sorensen on 06/28/2013 - 08:35 am.

    Parry, not Perry

    Just because Mr. Brodkorb’s lawyers can’t spell Senator Parry’s name correctly is no excuse for MinnPost to do the same. More curious, as I’ve explored on Bluestem Prairie, is the absence of Mr. Brodkorb’s name in Parry’s committee reports to the FEC.

    Brobkorb left the Parry campaign on December 17, 2011, to much fanfare. Did he return? Did he ever really leave? He doesn’t seem to have been paid directly.

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