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Settlement ends Minnesota Senate’s lurid lawsuit

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The Minnesota Senate has finally settled with former legislative aide Michael Brodkorb, who sued after he was fired in the wake of a romantic affair with then-Majority Leader Amy Koch.

Brodkorb’s case rested on his claim that he was treated more harshly than women who had affairs with male legislators.

Brodkorb admitted he could not prove any of his claims, but the Sen­­ate certainly noticed when he threatened to expose legislators’ affairs with staffers over the years. In fact, one private document accidentally became public this last summer. It listed several legislators and alleged paramours from whom Brodkorb threatened to seek testimony in his lawsuit.

The Senate ran up a huge legal bill as it prepared to defend against the lawsuit—the tally was approaching $320,000 when the parties elected to settle. Brodkorb’s initial demand was $500,000. In the end, he settled for $30,000.

Current Majority Leader Tom Bakk issued a statement that said the settlement was in the best interests of taxpayers.

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