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Brodkorb Points to Voter Turnout as Reason Marriage Amendment Placed on Ballot

Former Senate spokesperson Michael Brodkrob reportedly claims the measure was put on the November ballot to draw conservatives to the polls.

Editor's note: The article was updated 4:15 p.m. Oct. 17 to reflect information added from a story by WCCO.

Former Republican spokesperson Michael Brodkorb “claims Republicans put the marriage amendment on the ballot to get conservatives to the polls in November,” according to a report onMinnesota Public Radio.

Brodkorb was reportedly fired last year after a relationship with . 

Senator Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove) responded to the claim, according to various media reports.

"Being the chief author of the amendment, I was a central figure to every discussion in our caucus and I don't remember any discussion regarding a motive to turn out people to the polls," Limmer said, as reported by Minnesota Public Radio.

In a WCCO story, it was reported that Limmer:

acknowledged GOP Senators did discuss some get-out-the-vote efforts "among many other amendment-related items."

Supporters of the bill deny the claim by Brodkrob, reports the Pioneer Press.

The constitutional amendment on the November ballot, if passed, would permit marriage only between a man and a woman.

Al Anderson October 18, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Democrats have done the same thing over and over again.....the Legacy Amendment was a DFL effort to get the vote out.....the gas tax Amendment was the same sort of effort. And Democrats do nothing but demogogue about entitlement cuts to get their base energized. ZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Susan Rego October 18, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Oh yeah, the broad voter support of the Legacy Amendment, which raised sales taxes by three-eighths of a cent on EVERYBODY,and which will sunset in 25 years, is just like an amendment that would permanently discriminate against a small minority of our fellow citizens who are just trying to claim some of that "liberty and justice for all" that we're always talking about. Shame on the Republican leadership for this cruel and cynical tactic. Vote NO.

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