Amy Koch had "inappropriate relationship" with senate staffer. Was it Michael Brodkorb?

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Amy Koch resigned over an "inappropriate relationship" with a staffer. Michael Brodkorb was her staffer and resigned today. Coincidence?
Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch resigned her leadership position Thursday after fellow Republicans confronted her about an "inappropriate relationship" she was having with a direct subordinate.

Senate Republicans have declined to name the staffer, but rumors began flying this afternoon that it was Republican powerbroker Michael Brodkorb, Koch's communications chief. Those rumors have intensified following the news that Brodkorb is no longer working at the Senate, which was revealed in an email sent by Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel to staff late Friday afternoon.

Michel later appeared at a hastily called news conference after reports surfaced that Koch's resignation was due to the "inappropriate relationship" and explained that the MNGOP had confronted her because of the potential for conflicts of interest.

"There is no doubt that a manager cannot have such a relationship with someone they oversee, whose budget they oversee," Michel said.

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"There is no doubt that a manager cannot have such a relationship with someone they oversee, whose budget they oversee," Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel said.
MNGOP leaders refused to address the circumstances surrounding Brodkorb's sudden departure, including whether it was voluntary or if he was forced out, and whether it was connected to Koch's "inappropriate relationship."

In a previous explanation for her sudden and unexpected resignation, Koch claimed that it was because she had decided not to seek re-election next year and that the MNGOP "cannot afford a lame duck leader in negotiations next session, which is why I am resigning my position as Majority Leader."

Both political figures have families. Koch is married, and met her husband, Christopher, in the 1990s while serving in the Air Force. The couple have a young daughter.

Less is known about Brodkorb's romantic entanglements. When the power broker resigned as deputy chairman of the Republican Party earlier this year to work on Mike Parry's run for congress, Brodkorb said that even many of his closest supporters do not know that he has a "wonderful family" because he is a "very private person."

Brodkorb previously operated the site Minnesota Democrats Exposed, where he often trafficked in scurrilous gossip to make his political enemies look bad. Originally, he published the site anonymously, but was forced to reveal his identity after being sued for libel. The suit was ultimately dismissed.

Neither Koch nor Brodkorb have publicly commented on their departures from politics or the rumors. Their Twitter feeds -- hers and his -- have been silent all day.

UPDATE: Michael Brodkorb leaves Mike Parry congressional campaign



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Jims-50merc
Jims-50merc

Has anybody raised the question;....was she pregnant....heavy emphasess on "was", and about that week + she was away "on business"..........doing the governments work??????

Grscraps
Grscraps

So Koch resigned because she was screwing around, but then turned around and lied as to why she was leaving. Way to go Koch!

MobileTechy
MobileTechy

joe say it ain't so .. the bible thumping amy koch & michael brodkorb are not, "whores" lol

Sirmixalot
Sirmixalot

Thats just too much ass for one man to handle...

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Strong_Girls__28

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robcypher
robcypher

Hey guys, I got a nude picture of Amy Koch's butt if you want to see it.

briangrant1
briangrant1

Another feel good story about Republicans. Gotta love the self righteous

Wilfklide
Wilfklide

Just another pair of worthless skanks. What sad and pathetic losers. Hopefully their spouses will dispatch them and take everything in the process. Please dont let me read that either have spouses stupid enough to take them back.

Dangerous
Dangerous

Grest stuff--and good riddance to the two of them, especially Brodkorb.  (But Gregory, come on, it's "Neither Koch nor Brodkorb HAS publicly commented," not "have.")

Voice Of Reason
Voice Of Reason

What a gross sex tape those two would have made. How ugly does your spouse have to be before either of those two seems like a better option?

novenator
novenator

To all of the Republican and conservatives who are defending this woman: you are hypocrites, just like she is.  Koch campaigns on being a superior "family values" type of person, someone who attacks gay rights as somehow evil.  She is a liar, and needs to not just step down as Leader of the MN House of Representatives, she needs to resign all together. This guy says it all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Froggertown
Froggertown

Gross, is everyone at the State Capitol having sex with each other? 

Reddogski
Reddogski

Just another "family values" hypocrite.

Tgug
Tgug

From http://voteamykoch.com/news/On... can only wonder if "laurabrod" is related to Mr. BrodkorpHappy Birthday, @laurabrod!!! December 11th, 2011Happy Birthday, @laurabrod!!! Enjoy your day.

Mac
Mac

Karma:  what you put into the universe, the universe gives back to you.  Tony Sutton and Michael Brodkorb may need a swami to guide them out of this...and Amy...what were you thinking????????

Obama
Obama

Brodkorb: Posted on his own bloggard.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

How fucking evil are Koch and Brodkorb?   I'd really like to hear from the conservative assholes out there.  How evil are you fucking people?   This is your leadership.  They have absolutely no moral compass yet they are using government to tell people how to live.   Why do you assholes keep electing these con artist scumbags that use your religious beliefs as a tool to make you vote against your economic self interest?   This evil duo did everything they could to spread hate against gay people with the anti gay marriage amendment and letting Bradlee Dean speak and the whole time they are showing just how important the sanctity of marriage is to them.  Fucking disgusting.  They are using government to destroy people's lives while being the ultimate hypocrites.  Throw these fake pious assholes out on their ass.  

JACC
JACC

Mike likes big butts and he cannot lie. Those other staffers can't deny.

Guest
Guest

Particularly ironic, and in a way prescient, Brodkorb at MDE way back on Aug 3, 2005, tried by inuendo to trash the reputation of Betty McCollum in posting, and in a string of responsive commentary when readers were unreceptive; using basically the same tar brush that has been alleged about Koch and her as yet unidentified paramour. This time with the Koch and Brodkorb service alterations appearing to be based on evidence, not innuendo. Who were the staff persons who complained to GOP Senate leadership, what did they know, and when did they know it? Was there delay? Was there anyone's attempt at a cover-up? More shoes need to drop.

Phoenix Woman
Phoenix Woman

So now that the Sutton-Brodkorb Axis has fallen, who steps into the power gap at the Capitol?  Do the TheoCon types that gave Mark Dayton the governorship by defeating Marty Seifert in the RPM's nomination battle finally get the control they've long sought?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Won't any of you scumbag liberals have any sympathy?   Obviously gay marriage has claimed yet another victim.   Amy Koch didn't want to cheat on her husband.   Amy Koch didn't want to act like a selfish monster who doesn't care about how her actions would effect her children.   Instead her mind was taking over by the gays and it forced her to cheat!    Let's just be thankful Amy cheated on her husband with a human and not a dog or something.   As we all know being gay is a slippery slope to bestiality.   I just hope the voters are smart enough to ignore all the scandals of the Republicans and focus on all their accomplishments.   Do you think the Dumbocrats would have been able to downgrade the state's credit while cheating on their spouses like the Republicans can? 

Jaruby
Jaruby

Sutton resigns from the GOP cahrimanship after winning at al costs - almost 1 million in debt.  Sivalich -  a nice exec with 5-month expired tabs gets the most idiotic arrest at the airport and leaves the race for GOP leadership, Koch and Broadkorb - turn out to be having an affair.  What is the guiding principle at the GOP now .... anything goes? whatever it takes?  the ends justify any means.?  or is it ... everyone for them self.  Can't beleive it that's that bad - maybe the GOP'ers that should be leading the party have been overrun by the Tea-Party and the media-nuts.   

DenisH
DenisH

The key point here is that the Republicans have set a policy that if a female senator has an inappropriate relationship with a staffer, their career is over. One assumes that this policy will apply to male senators as well. I am therefore anticipating a large number of vacancies among Senate Republicans.

Ltb
Ltb

OMG I miss Minnesota politics.....way more fun than Southern Cali.....can't wait to retire and move back home :)   !!!  . 

I used to work for the DNC and one day one of the little yuppy democrat workers who was upset that I wasn't following the party line, asked me why I was there and I said because I was real democrat!   Sounds like MN is in need of some real repubs....but for me...you can keep on listening to the teabaggers....so good for comic relief and provides a load of good material for Stewart and Colbert.

guest judge
guest judge

that is what I liked best about the entire post - the word sexytime on the tags at the end. It just made me laugh after seeing his pic. 

bloodbath
bloodbath

And your homies Barney Frank, Bill Clinton, and Ted Kennedy among others are squeeky clean too right? At least these other idiots weren't in a civil union with a killer, actually a killer, or lied under oath multiple times. Goddamn life would be so much easier with tunnel vision.

Buddy Lee
Buddy Lee

Amy Koch & Michael Brodkorb should be ashamed that they single handedly banned gay marriage.  Just think of how long gay marriage has been an institution in this state.  Back in 495843 AD two neaderthals got married on the steps of a cave near the shores of Glacial Lake Aggasiz.  Then along come these anti-gay spewing adulterers who make it so only philandering white opposite sex couples can get married and that's just wrong.

Hightime
Hightime

What you are referring to is an alleged affair Rep Betty McCollum from the 4th district had with her chief of staff.  Facts that are known is Betty McCollum and the staffer both got divorced while Betty was MN's representative.  Betty and her staffer after their divorces then lived next door to each other in a condo building.  Amazing how the press and then House Speaker Nanci Pelosi had no interest in finding out if their was an inappropriate work relationship in Betty's Washington D.C. office. How would this be any different than what happened to Amy Koch?  I guess if your not a leader of your caucus and are a Democrat, you can have any kind of work relationships you want. 

Dan Smith
Dan Smith

Good question, and exactly why I don't think either side should celebrate when one of their political enemies goes down like this.  There seems to be know short supply of jerks to replace them.  Newt Gingrich ==> Tom DeLay comes to mind.

On a side note, I had no idea Boldkorb was a Sir Mix-A-Lot fan.

George
George

I overheard the hotel clerk mention more than one dog knocking on Amys door.

ScoobyDooby
ScoobyDooby

lololol i love it, CP should hire this person for their jawesome tongue in cheek

guest
guest

Hey Michelle B, Just wait until your husband is (s)exposed for in all his flaming glory...

homasapiens
homasapiens

There's no need to rely on belief. The facts show you the the truth. yes, it really is that bad.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I'm just surprised since its a Republican the cheating didn't involve closeted gay sex.   Is there a website for female rentboys? 

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

I rather doubt that the GOP rank and file is all that adulterous. Many of these men and women have profound and deeply held religious views. That's why it's so easy for them to witlessly follow manipulative Svengalis who, when not charming their base and caucus, end up charming their way into each others' pants.

robcypher
robcypher

0_0 wow dude...times are hard, aren't they?

Lizarde
Lizarde

Right, because they all totally went and told other people who to live their lives before being total hypocrites.  It's exactly the same! wow.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

You are pathetic.  Republicans run on being the party of "family values."   They constantly use Christianity in their campaigns.   They constantly impugn the patriotism and faith of Democrats.   Now you see how much those hollow words mean.     Did Barney Frank, Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy run on how gay marriage can't be allowed because of the sanctity of marriage?   Amy Koch is one of the leaders of the Republican Party.  Her only two accomplishments are the gay marriage amendment and getting the state's credit downgraded.   It's pretty bad she was demonizing gays about not respecting the "sanctity of marriage" while cheating on her husband.  I bet her kids are fine with mommy destroying their family because Bill Clinton did it too.  Please make more stupid excuses for Amy so we can all laugh.  

Karl Welzein
Karl Welzein

That's some quality deflection there, Lou!

briangrant1
briangrant1

The congresswoman spells her name with one L. You are talking to a different Ms. Bachmann. The odds that her husband is also gay are astronomical.

guest
guest

I don't know about the female rentboy website, but I sure would like to rent big, bad Tony Sutton for some adult entertainment.  Ohhhh, such a luscious, yummy big piece of cream pie.  

Catsydestiny
Catsydestiny

I don't think those "profound and deeply held religious views" have much to do with their actual private conduct. The highest rates of divorce and teen pregnancy are to be found in the so-called "Red States". And they seem to have no problem forgiving the adulterous likes of Gingrich.

bloodbath
bloodbath

Go back and read my post. Calling them " idiots" is not defending them. I've mentioned numerous times I'm not republican, but I'll call bullshit on stupidity all day. The problem with you and others like you is that you can't see when you are wrong. Faith is a dangerous thing to have, it makes one dumb.

bloodbath
bloodbath

What does that mean, exactly?

Kday1504
Kday1504

Your right he's probably not gay... He just prays it away!

Jenny
Jenny

The reason for that and the reason Vitter is in office is b/c of the payoffs in Louisiana. Some of these immoral politicians get by down there for the reason alone. They know someone who sits on the bench or they know a lawyer with tons of money. They intimidate anyone who would call them down on that basis. There are parents who have lost their kids and women who have been beaten to pieces down there, but they zip it and run scared. Money owns justice and the players laugh about it. The judges won't even think of justice when money is the alternative. Hell, they don't even deny it down there. I am glad to live away now.

George
George

why is David  Vitter still in office ?? he not only cheated on his wife , but broke prostitution laws.  He should be in jail, not office

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