Michael Brodkorb created a hostile work environment, Republican senator says

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Michael Brodkorb created a hostile work environment, according to a state senator
Michael Brodkorb created a hostile work environment months before he was fired in the wake of Amy Koch's resignation, a Republican state senator tells City Pages.

Brodkorb, the Republican Senate caucus' former communications director, was "abusive," "vicious," and "threatening," according to our source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to potential litigation. The senator says "numerous" state legislators complained to former Majority Leader Amy Koch about Brodkorb.

"He was the ultimate hostile work environment, and what we couldn't figure out is why Koch wouldn't fire him," our source said. "She wouldn't take any action against him. Well, he was the guy we found out was in control."

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Amy Koch wouldn't discipline her lover, says our source
When news of Koch's "inappropriate relationship" with a male staffer broke, interim Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel held a press conference to discuss the potential conflict of interest Koch's relationship with her subordinate posed.

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

Our source revealed that "numerous" Republican senators complained to Koch about Brodkorb's boorish behavior but it fell on deaf ears.

"They weren't addressed because of things we didn't realize," the source said. 

UPDATE: Brodkorb denies creating hostile work environment


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amiller92
amiller92

I'm not clear on the anonymous allegation.  Was he creating hostile work environment by sexually harassing people or was he just a jerk?  One of those things sounds potentially actionable and the other sounds like par for the political course.

I'm also not particularly keen on the anonymous source's suggestion that a woman in power is "really" having the show run by the guy she's sleeping with.  That's rather offensive, actually.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

If you want to know more about Michael Brodkorb and why everyone is saying such terrible things about him, just google his name together with "Minnesota Democrats Exposed." Reading his own words from his own blog will give you a much better idea of the kind of politics Brodkorb practices. "Jerk" is hardly the half of it. Sexist jerk would be a good start, but still woefully inadequate.

Shanaenae
Shanaenae

Well good to know the GOP is a total hot mess. 

Phoenix
Phoenix

 Indeed, Snooki and The Situation look like models of rectitude in comparison.

Max
Max

Citypages should be commended for their reporting of this story so far... It really gives you some good insight to the nasty underbelly of the last decade of inside republican politics.

I’ve known MBK for eight years (former capitol staffer and party volunteer). He never misses an opportunity to exploit a situation for personal political gain. No action is beneath him… including apparently ‘using’ the Senate majority leader. He is a hothead, and he is an utterly hostile person to work with severe anger management issues.

He was the Pawlenty administrations thug -- someone Rod Blagojevich would have loved to have on his team. Coercion, intimidation, and threats are all tactics he used to climb through the ranks, and both the MNGOP Central Committee and the Senate Republican Caucus are guilty of letting it happen knowing full well that his conduct and behavior embodies the absolute antithesis of everything that Minnesotans have come to expect from their government. (Not to mention he was all too eager to stand for a party by selling out its conservative principals.)

I just have a few questions. *Was he manipulating and blackmailing Koch the entire time? *Is he STILL trying to manipulate or blackmail Koch today?*How long has this been going on?*What legislative initiatives were really his doing? Tough questions, but someone has to ask them.

Elected officials should be beholden to their constituents not Michael Brodkorb. Minnesotans deserve answers as to who was really running their government this last year.

Gregory Pratt
Gregory Pratt

Max, shoot me an email: gpratt@citypages.com

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Payback is sweet and I'm sure these folks aren't lying when they say they found Brodkorb scary to work with. Fuck-you-my-way-or-the-highway extremists always are.

These new allegations make Brodkorb's firing rock solid. Employment is "at will," and now the Senate Republican caucus has demonstrated ample cause for firing Brodkorb, and in such a way as to explain why the timing of his firing was linked to Koch's.

I only met Brodkorb once, but it was an evening filled with the sound of his voice, talking about him and how influential he was. He suckered more than a few Democrats and reporters into thinking he could be worked with, but it was always about his agenda, and moving it forward.

Brodkorb's threatened lawsuit is dead, dead, dead, and if he continues to threaten to out other adulterers at the legislature, they now have grounds to counter-sue for invasion of privacy. There's no legal leverage in outing others for Brodkorb now. His case is kaput, and you have to wonder where the money for all his lawyers is coming from.

Joe repya
Joe repya

Yep, that's the Mike Brodkorb I know. A complete cowardly thug.

Phoenix
Phoenix

Isn't it amazing how fast the Sutton-Brodkorb régime fell apart once Bill Cooper got tired of propping up Tony Sutton? Barely two months after the election the Suttons were out of the cash-hemorrhaging Baja Sol, and then once that happened, things like the unpaid county recount debts and other little scandals started getting a bit more prominent in local media coverage.

Warthug
Warthug

you are the coward joe . . . have followed you for years.  you couldn't win any of your internal republican battles (because you are an a##hole) so you resort to crying in your soup via internet posts about republicans.  go back to iraq you war-mongering glory-seeking prick - just don't come back this time.

Joe Repya
Joe Repya

Oh, forgot to mention that Nathan has been a disciple and apologist for the behavior and tactics of Mike Brodkorb and Tony Sutton for years. Then again, Warthug might be Mike Brodkorb himself. He has a record of cowardly hiding anonymously and attacking people.Man up Warthug and admit who you really are!

Joerepya
Joerepya

Sounds like my old buddy Nathan Hansen again. Obviously still mad that a group of my veteran friends managed to campaign against his run for state rep and gave him the lowest GOP vote total in 2010 when the GOP ran the board. What's the matter Warthug, affraid to use your real name? Who's the real coward? 

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

What a Cornkorb!

brad_dfl
brad_dfl

No bold flavors from this guy.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Finally someone gets the reference, thank you!!!!!!

brad_dfl
brad_dfl

Brodkorb has a pretty weak powermove here.

truckload_bear
truckload_bear

Unfortunately it sounds like a pre-litigation hit piece. I get suspicious anytime the phrases "numerous Republican senators" and "our source" are used. I've got no love for the GOP in any flavor (State or Federal) but this article is simply gossip. Juicy gossip but still....

FellowHuman
FellowHuman

I don't understand why it seems so far fetched to you that they would request anonymity when they are being sued over all this crap. 

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