Michael Brodkorb denies creating hostile work environment at Senate

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Michael Brodkorb denies that he was "abusive" to anyone at the statehouse
Michael Brodkorb has responded to this morning's story alleging he created a hostile work environment at the Minnesota Senate.

Brodkorb's attorney Phil Villaume called to say "comments by your source in the midst of pending litigation reach an all-time low."

A Republican Senator claims Brodkorb created a hostile work environment months before he was fired. The source characterized Brodkorb as "abusive" and said "numerous" senators complained to former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.

"I would vehemently deny he was abusive," Villaume said. "Those comments being made about him are highly inappropriate and uncalled for."


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Phil Villaume denies that Michael Brodkorb created a "hostile work environment"
Villaume disputes that anyone complained about Brodkorb at the Minnesota Senate.

"In his employment history with the Senate he had no complaints," Villaume said. "He had an excellent reputation, considered to be brilliant and a genius in his field of expertise."

Brodkorb, the Republican Senate caucus' former communications director until he was fired in December following Koch's resignation, was held in "high regard" by senators, staffers and lobbyists, Villaume said.

"They revered him," Villaume explained.

Villaume says he hasn't personally spoken to "that many" people about Brodkorb's reputation but says he's "gotten feedback from reporters about his reputation."

WCCO's Esme Murphy called Brodkorb "brilliant" during a radio interview Saturday, Villaume said. "That's primarily what I was speaking of."

Villaume acknowledged that a person can be both brilliant and abusive, but again "vehemently" denied Brodkorb was ever abusive to anyone at the capitol.

"Abusive is not a word anybody I've spoken to would use to describe him," Villaume said.

Michael Brodkorb called this morning to let us know Villaume would be responding. Brodkorb asked us to contact him if his attorneys don't return messages seeking comment.

"You obviously made an effort to get a hold of me which I appreciate but I want to make sure my attorneys are responding," Brodkorb said.

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HYPOCRITES R US
HYPOCRITES R US

I can't wait, cannot wait, until the whoremaster Michael Broadkunt starts deposing all those hypocritical Republican legislators who have cheated on their spouses.  I hope we get a complete list by the time the Minnesota voter has to vote on the "Sanctitiy of Marriage " Amendment in November 2012.  Let's hope they believe in the sanctity of their own marriages more than the sanctimoneus Broadkunt and his slutty hippopotamous Amy Kunt.  I suspect the proportion of faithful  legislators id close to that of the general population-30%.CAN YOU SAY HYPOCRITES R US ?????

theoko
theoko

"I would vehemently deny he was abusive," Villaume said. "Those comments being made about him are highly inappropriate and uncalled for." 

And if you can't believe an attorney paid to say such things, what next- throw grandma under the bus??? 

"He had an excellent reputation,  considered to be brilliant and a genius in his field of expertise.": Mud-slinging, character assassination.  Whatta peach!

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Some didn't like him because he was an attack dog and thus quickly outed. I can understand why there is some nervousness over there.  If he opens his mouth, heads will roll...

Max
Max

 "Abusive is not a word anybody I've spoken to would use to describe him." Yes because staffers and people who have worked with Brodkorb, who are afraid of retribution, are going to go spill the beans about how they really feel to his attorney. Even still Villaume is living under a rock if he truly believes that statement.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Wow. Brodkorb's attorneys are panicking over this new strategy from the Republicans. But what's totally fascinating about all of this is that Brodkorb's attorneys are quoting the media to prove what a nice guy Brodkorb was.

The allegation that the Minnesota media got snookered 24/7 by Brodkorb has just been acknowledged by Brodkorb's own attorneys. Frankly, if the media doesn't start coughing up some stories on the real Michael Brodkorb, I think Minnesotans will have to own up to the fact that we don't have objective media in this state, and that everyone's working their own agenda.

Esme Murphy? Her career should now be deader than Amy Koch's.

Shanaenae
Shanaenae

They revered him so much that at first chance they threw him out like a sack of potatoes.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

"Those comments being made about him are highly inappropriate and uncalled for."Cheating on your spouse is uncalled for. Deal with it. *Sunglasses*

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Makes you wonder why there hasn't been a single Republican office holder or activist who's stepped up to express their solidarity with Brodkorb. Even some of his loudest activist allies have left comments here and at the PiPress ripping on his disloyalty to the party, a party that in large part reflects the kind of candidate recruitment done by Sutton and Brodkorb when they were in charge.

Phoenix
Phoenix

 Once Tony Sutton lost the TCF Coopers as patrons and protectors, he was gone -- and so, eventually, was his running buddy Brodkorb. 

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