Norm Coleman stands by Laura Brod, calls photo release "ugly and unfortunate"

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Former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman is standing by Laura Brod, the former state legislator and U of M regent who admitted last week that a boudoir photo of her has leaked online.

"I think it's a shame that she is down to her personal life, and her family, attacked by pictures being tossed about," Coleman told City Pages during a phone interview yesterday afternoon. "I just think it's ugly and unfortunate that people who have been in the public life find themselves subject to attacks like that."

Brod is the president of the Minnesota Action Network, a group started by Coleman in March to advocate for Republican causes at the grassroots level. Coleman is chairman of the American Action Network, which the Star Tribune once described as "a prominent and well-funded 'center right' organization that, with its affiliates, has spent millions in recent years."

 In the March 9, 2013 press release announcing the formation of the group and Brod's appointment as president, Brod was prominently featured, saying, "I see the MnAn acting as a convener of ideas and a conveyer belt to decision makers and the public."

Oddly, she put her Twitter account on hiatus three weeks later on March 30 -- hardly a standard move for the public face of a new project.

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Last week, Brod was plunged into the spotlight when a revealing and suggestive photo of her leaked on Tumblr. In a statement to City Pages, Brod confirmed the authenticity of the photo and revealed that she has contacted the FBI in an attempt to prosecute the person responsible for its release. The FBI could neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation into the matter.

When asked if any of this would affect Brod's status as president of his the Minnesota Action Network, Coleman scoffed.

"Do I think that people who have been victimized by personal attacks and character defamation can continue to do their job and serve?" he asked facetiously. "Absolutely. I think the question is an absurd question."

Pressed on whether he had discussed the issue with Brod, Coleman grew audibly angry.

"I have nothing further to say to you," he said before hanging up. "I am absolutely flabbergasted."



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17 comments
RepulsedbyCP
RepulsedbyCP

This story demonstrates an embarrassing lack of journalistic judgement on the part of the author. It would be one thing if Hoffman was trying to have cheeky, tabloid fun with the Brod photo (that would be merely mean) but he actually seems to think that some sort of important civic matter is at stake (patently stupid). The moron has made me side with Norm Coleman -- a terrible feeling.

bethtravers2000
bethtravers2000

Drop this lame storyline. It is not news and you continue to print it in an alleged news source.

Pathetic!

So let me get this new story angle you are attempting to peddle straight...You are re-victimizing a female victim of cyber-stalking and harassment who has had her privacy invaded just because she is a Republican. Shameful. You are no better, and arguably worse, for continuing to victimize her and her family yet again. You are facilitating and abetting a crime against a woman.

bethann.bloom
bethann.bloom

It matters because Coleman and Brod and their "Minnesota Action Network (MnAN) intends to participate in shaping the future direction of Minnesota"

The personal behavior of washed up politicos who think they can tell us what to do needs to be seen in the light of day.

Dave Brazelton
Dave Brazelton

No rather explain to me why even THIS story matters???

JC_Mpls
JC_Mpls

My issue with this situation has less to do with the photograph and more to do with Laura Brod's hypocrisy. A conservative (male or female) who doesn't support marriage equality -- yet has an affair -- is very problematic for me. While it's unfortunate that the photo leaked, it's even more unfortunate that Brod showed such poor judgement in a digital age with so many cautionary tales. 

Gluon
Gluon

Perhaps the pic was intended for philandering Norm? He does like blondes.

Dave Young
Dave Young

This story is relevant because????

David Lloyd
David Lloyd

Somebody please explain to me why we should care about what Norm Coleman had to say on this matter. Or any matter.

Onan
Onan

Go away Norm. Nobody cares about you anymore.

nobig
nobig

@JC_Mpls She's separated from her husband dipshit. How is that hypocritical? 

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

The obtuseness of the average tea party voter ladies and gentlemen.

Onan
Onan

@nobig @JC_Mpls  - And yet, they are still married. How is that NOT hypocritical?

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