Laura Brod, former legislator and U of M regent, admits underwear photo on internet is her

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Laura Brod, a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and current member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, has released a statement admitting a boudoir photo on the internet is her.

"The Brod Family loves each other, and we stand united against anyone who would seek to do us harm," the statement reads. "Specifically, someone has posted a photo - which was illegally disseminated - on the Internet for the sole purpose of embarrassing our family and damaging our reputations. We cannot begin to explain why someone would be so mean, and so hateful. Nor can we overstate the humiliation they have caused."

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The photo appears on a single-serve Tumblr site called "ThisIsAPictureOfLauraBrod." It first came to City Pages' attention on Monday when an anonymous email provided a link to the site. Several days later, a link to the site was tweeted out by Shawn Towle, a former DFL activist and publisher of the political site Checks And Balances.

"She's on TV speaking for the party on occasion, she sits on the Board of Regents, so she has a particular public reach," Towle told City Pages in explaining why he tweeted out the link. "And if you're going to be a moralist, and state your opinion on what you think should be happening, then when you have indiscretions I think you're fair game."

City Pages first contacted Laura Brod through her assistant Molly Smith yesterday morning. Smith said Brod was in a meeting. Several subsequent calls to Smith, as well as to Brod's personal line, were not returned.

Unable to get answers, City Pages then called the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. Spokesman Chuck Tombarge was unaware of the photo when City Pages reached him on his cell phone at noon today. After City Pages provided the URL for the Tumblr hosting the photo, Tombarge visited the site and provided his live reaction over the phone.

"That is ... that's really bad," Tombarge said. "It sure doesn't look like her in my opinion. I will ... let me do some checking into that and I can give you a call back if we have any reaction. Not sure whether or not we will."

At 2 p.m., City Pages again attempted to contact Brod, both at her phone number and through her assistant Smith. Shortly afterward, Smith sent City Pages the statement from Brod.

"As embarrassing as this entire incident is, we know the larger nightmare of harassment, cyber-stalking and privacy invasion is not unique to us, and we plan to fight back with everything we have," the statement reads. "This matter has been referred to the FBI and we are pursuing all legal means possible to prosecute whoever is responsible for the illegal dissemination of this material."

Laura Brod, a Republican, was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002 to serve District 25A, and was subsequently re-elected in 2004, 2006, and 2008. In May 2010, she announced that she would not seek re-election, explaining "that the time for others to serve in the Legislature for our district has come, and my time to find other challenges and ways to contribute is upon me."

In February 2011, she was elected to the U of M's Board of Regents, along with Minnesota House Speaker Steve Sviggum, in a joint meeting of the state House and Senate. She was slated to serve a six-year term on the 12-member board.

At one time she was considered a possible candidate for the governor's seat to succeed Tim Pawlenty, but pulled out citing medical concerns. She has not ruled out running again.

Click through to the next page to see the full statement released to City Pages:

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gfishbach
gfishbach

She should stop playing with herself and go to the gym. 

jamn1778
jamn1778

Please use proper spelling and punctuation. Thank you.

razz001
razz001

I guess I don't see what the problem or the gossip is.....She is SSSSSSsssssmokin!! 

trahshechique
trahshechique

You go Laura! We're all human we all got them naked photos.

MinnesotaSecrets
MinnesotaSecrets

Norm Coleman's wife found this on his phone and is doing a torturous slow leak. Or so my source says. 

mplstim56
mplstim56

Of course, the real betrayal is that it appears she is sleeping; so the photog may have taken it without her knowledge, much less sinned even more by disseminating it......

     a fairly sleazy thing to do....as is City Pages' "passing on," of this "news;:  You can bet if similar photos of an editor or publisher or reporter from City Pages became similarly "available" online, no such story would appear in the pages of City Pages...
    and of course, the entire situation with Brod could have been entirely non-erotic; a photo shot by, say, the teen girl friend of Brod's teen daughter, or whatever, during a sleep over, or weekend trip...
and City Pages should do a little reporting on itself:t how much of City Pages bottom line comes from sex ads, including those soliciting under-agers, using photos very much like this......; and perhaps explain why this is news, when similar (you know they are out there) photos of City Pages writers/editors/publishers remain unexposed.Or will such writers/editors/publishers now deny that such photos of themselves exist???? What?

j.reiter
j.reiter

Not a big deal and would have gone unnoticed except for Aaron Rupar.  Good one dude, way to poor gas on a match.  I suppose your quests for compassion end with women, maybe your world view applies to others but not to yourself.  Yellow Journalism to a T.

Ange Runnels
Ange Runnels

God forbid! Would this have been a big deal if she were a man?

_Joe_
_Joe_

What's embarrassing about this?  She should just own it.  It would go far better for her if she did.

Marty Owings
Marty Owings

What should really be embarrassing to Minnesotan's is that this post got more comments than the vote last night allowing the NSA to continue spying on you. #AmericaAsleep

Richard Martinez
Richard Martinez

Yeah...she is a grown woman. She probably has a sex life like you don't pretend not to have.

Vonda Zimmerman
Vonda Zimmerman

Not like she publicly tweeted this herself to get sexual attention from people she isn't married to...

Trevor Matthew Corbin
Trevor Matthew Corbin

Like who hasn't done this yet? Welcome to the digital age... People are horny animals with technology this if you haven't figured out equals pics on the Internet... She's human....

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

This from the Whoremongers City Pages. Take a look at the back few pages of this publication and then let's talk about Laura some more.

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

She's guilty of being a nice looking woman? Well lock her up and throw away the key.

Josh Kaplan
Josh Kaplan

OMG!!!! A clothed woman lying on a bed!!! The epitome of moral hypocrisy!!

kel0
kel0

A tasteful (sounds like private as well) photo of someone in their underwear is suddenly an indiscretion? I think Shawn Towle is reaching, and on top of that, I think his is the real indiscretion. What an asshat.

Julie Kapitan
Julie Kapitan

Big deal! Who cares? Whomever released this is a tool. Witch hunt..

Seriphe Pete
Seriphe Pete

It's a tasteful shot...She's hot...she should not be embarassed of the photo given the circumstances.

Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan

so what little indiscretion do we have here? This photo illegally taken in a beautiful woman's private bedroom says much more about the woman-hating distorted view and gutter thinking, mud slinging twisted mind of the photographer than any other political view one to the other enemy may have. Good for Laura for pursuing legal remedy for the invasion of her bedroom privacy and personal sensual pleasing space.

webcelt
webcelt

What does Towle think he's accomplishing by tweeting a photo of her in her underwear? We're supposed to be shocked she owns a bra and panties? The bothersome part is how he got the photo. I know, the Tumbler blog, but who is behind that and how did that person get it?

Aba Xyooj
Aba Xyooj

why bother criminalizing or sabotaging her. you could of just spoken to her about it vs. publicizing it. good job for promoting your own reputation as a trashy newspaper.

laxx1559
laxx1559

haha she's a conservative too! no wonder they're slut shaming her

Jeanne Griffin
Jeanne Griffin

I've read a lot of dumb shit on the Internet today, but this is the dumbest.

hongpong
hongpong

Blah this seems like a classic 'appeal to the prurient interest.' I suggest setting an editorial filter internally to test that condition. Too bad since the CP Monsanto story this week is a worthy one deserving of interest.... also if i were to speculate, Towle is teaming up (again) w Michael Brodkorb to terrorize the state Senate into settling via these kind of psuedo saucy leaks.

But then again it's an industry-wide problem, CNN is parked on the Anthony Weiner infinite smut loop. And editors know that trashy sex stories drive web clicks. Let's get on to more important matters, people. I demand substantive PDFs about obscure, shady policy making schemes.

Chris Pederson
Chris Pederson

Who cares!!!! I think everyone should post a naked photo on the Internet and get over it already!

Selke Maggie Mae Brewer
Selke Maggie Mae Brewer

Mandi makes a great point. While I believe that sexual morality is a marker of character, I have a much bigger problem with politicians cutting deals to eliminate kindergarten funding, funding for birth control, funding for school lunch programs, cutting food stamp benefits, allowing golf courses to be exempt from phosphorus legislation, etc. What she did (or didn't do) related to this photo affects her and her family. Kindergarten funding, birth control, school lunch programs, environmental protections ultimately hurt many more people and have much more impact.

Anna Bergdall
Anna Bergdall

Again, not news let alone breaking news. Stop the sensationalism and sex shaming. Worthless.

Jon Bohlinger
Jon Bohlinger

People take erotic photos of themselves. All. The. Time. Stop making a big deal out of it.

Nick Glover
Nick Glover

If she's a right wing homophone, there are plenty of legit things to call her out for. Wearing lingerie isn't one of them. (but yeah, fuck 'er.)

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

On the other hand she's a Right wing homophobe, so fuck her.

Nick Glover
Nick Glover

How is this news, let alone "breaking?" Who gives a fuck?

Kevin Green
Kevin Green

She has nothing to be ashamed of. A very beautiful women . No different than a bikini. A beautiful picture of a woman sleeping. But its creepy for someone to take it without her permission and fucked up to publish it without her permission. The only thing to be ashamed of is thinking whoever took the photo was her friend.

Christine Santimore
Christine Santimore

Let me see... These people (this woman plus Anthony Weiner plus countless others in the public) know how to use the internet but they have no clue about how quickly things can and do go viral? Remain a private citizen if you want to play games.

Onan
Onan

@j.reiter  - You realize this is a news aggregation blog, right??

Jackie
Jackie

@Ang Runnels Fairly certain a lot of men in the public eye also get called out for their dick pics...  Like it says, if you're gonna play public moralist, you're fair game.

kennyX
kennyX

@Edward Bertsch HAHA! Yeah, they are all pretty hideous! 

kennyX
kennyX

@Edward Bertsch If Laura was a Liberal and Towle were a Republican, this article would have instead demonized the GOP for publishing such a picture and how it had violated her rights to privacy and, a'la Obama, how the GOP is using these made-up scandals to sabotage the real issues that are facing America.   

kennyX
kennyX

@Bob Alberti Isn't your 15 minute break over yet at Starbucks? 

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