Michael Brodkorb plans to sue Minnesota Senate for defamation

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Michael Brodkorb is adding defamation to his claims against the Minnesota Senate
Michael Brodkorb served the Minnesota Senate with notice yesterday that he will be suing for defamation in addition to gender discrimination.

At issue is Brodkorb's firing by Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman after former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch was forced to resign for having an "inappropriate relationship" with Brodkorb last December. Brodkorb alleges that he was treated differently than female staffers who slept with legislators.

Brodkorb had been in talks with the Senate to resolve the claim through mediation but they broke down last month. Ludeman released a statement to the press accusing Brodkorb of trying to "extort" a payment from the Senate with "blackmail." That statement forms the basis of Brodkorb's forthcoming defamation claim.

Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem told the Star Tribune the Senate would "deal with that," meaning the lawsuit. Secretary of the Senate Ludeman has not commented on the claim.

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Cal Ludeman accused Michael Brodkorb of extortion
We asked St. Paul defamation attorney Pat Tierney to weigh in on Brodkorb's claim.

Tierney said he doesn't know the specifics of the case but says charges of "extortion" and "blackmail" are serious. A major issue in the defamation case going forward, Tierney said, will be whether the charges are "true or substantially true."

"A statement may be considered substantially true if it is a reasonable interpretation of the events," Tierney said. "The question is this: If someone says pay me money to settle my claim or I may need to depose all legislators and staffers who have been reputed to have had sexual relationships, is it reasonable to interpret that statement as blackmail or extortion?"

The notice of claim is the latest episode in the scandal that toppled former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and ended Brodkorb's reign as a top man in Republican politics.

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7 comments
Mike W.
Mike W.

Swing away Mr. Brodkorb, I so love to watch unfold a sex-scandal slug fest during an election year!

Bbjw
Bbjw

What a creep!

think100
think100

dude.  stop drawing attention to yourself.  you hit that. oops.  

Joe
Joe

Guessing he's trying a Sarah Palin-esque "My career is over but I can still make money if I can just keep the cameras pointed my direction" play.

Mn Votur
Mn Votur

Family values at work.  If only his mother had birth control, us taxpayers would be saved from this hellish Republicon.

swmnguy
swmnguy

Michael Brodkorb suing anybody for Defamation?  Irony is dead.

FellowHuman
FellowHuman

No other person that I know of acts like them having an inappropriate affair was everybody else's wrongdoing. What. A. Loser.

An angry, bald, ridiculous one at that. But now I suppose he'll sue me for defamation - right before his wife calls the cops on him for breaking stuff and threatening her, that is.

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