Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The former Senate staffer was seriously injured on Jan. 23 when he lost control of his vehicle on the Interstate 35E bridge near Lilydale.
Former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb—whose meteoric rise in the GOP ranks once made headlines —now faces criminal charges in connection to a traffic accident in January. Lilydale City Attorney Thomas Lehmann charged Brodkorb with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree DUI, one misdemeanor count of careless driving and one petty misdemeanor seatbelt violation, according . If convicted on one of the DUI charges, Brodkorb could face a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. The seatbelt violation is a petty misdemeanor punishable with a $300 fine. Brodkorb was seriously injured in the accident, which occurred just after 9 p.m. on Jan. 23 along the Interstate 35E bridge near Lilydale. Police say Brodkorb was driving in the northbound …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The former Republican staffer was seriously injured in a crash in late January.
The Minnesota State Patrol announced late Thursday afternoon that Michael Brodkorb's alcohol level was over the legal limit for impairment when he was seriously injured in a car crash in late January. The former Republican staffer had an alcohol concentration of 0.10, above the limit of 0.08 for impaired driving, according to a urine sample analyzed by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Brodkorb was seriously injured after a vehicle he was driving struck the median wall on Interstate 35E in Mendota Heights Jan. 23. Brodkorb was the only occupant of the vehicle at the time, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash. His wife, Sarah, issued a statement on his improvement one week later. Brodkorb rose to prominence as the chief …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Once-prominent Republican staffer Michael Brodkorb was seriously injured in a crash in Mendota Heights last week.
The condition of former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb, who was seriously injured in a car accident last week is improving, according to a statement issued by his wife, Sarah. “Michael’s condition has improved. We thank everyone for their concern, warm thoughts and prayers," Sarah Brodkorb is quoted as saying in a KSTP report. She also asked the media respect the family's wishes for privacy as he continues to heal. Brodkorb, a 39-year-old Eagan resident, was driving on Interstate 35E in Mendota Heights when his car struck a concrete median wall. Minnesota State Patrol officials say he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. A state patrol officer also detected alcohol on his breath following the crash. Brodkorb rose to …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The former senate communications leader–whose affair with Wright County's Amy Koch took down the majority leader–was listed in critical condition following the accident. The single-car crash took place on Interstate 35E in Mendota Heights.
Former Republican staffer Michael Brodkorb was seriously injured after a vehicle he was driving struck the median wall on Interstate 35E in Mendota Heights. The accident took place at 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday night, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Brodkorb, a 39-year-old Eagan resident, wasn't wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, according to a state patrol accident report. Alcohol also played a role in the accident, the state patrol said. Brodkorb was driving in the northbound lanes of I-35E when his vehicle, a 2004 Subaru Forester ran off the right side of the road and struck a cement wall, according to the state patrol. The vehicle careened back across the northbound lanes and hit the median wall, where it came to …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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 Amy Koch, who was the Senate majority leader, became public. 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 …
Monday, July 23, 2012
The aide fired after an affair with Senate Majority Leader and St. Michael area Sen. Amy Koch is suing the Minnesota Senate.
Nearly 10 months after the story broke of his alleged affair–now confirmed–with Buffalo native and former Sen. Amy Koch, aide Michael Brodkorb is suing the Minnesota Senate. The senior staffer, a direct report to then-Sen. Majority Leader Koch, filed the suit late Monday. According to the Associated Press, Brodkorb is seeking damages, stating in his lawesuit he was treated unfairly and discriminated against because female employees involved in similar relationships didn't lose their jobs. Brodkorb, 38, was fired in December 2011. Koch stepped down from her role as majority leader, under pressure from her peers. Later, she determined she would not run for Senate in what is now District 29. Her longtime colleague, former Rep. Bruce …
Friday, March 23, 2012
The Minnesota State Senate will hold an ethics hearing today on complaints against Edina Sen. Geoff Michel and his handling of the Sen. Amy Koch affair.
Watch live, courtesy of The Uptake, as the Minnesota Senate addresses an ethics complaint that centers around the resignation of Wright County Sen. Amy Koch as the Senate Majority Leader. The DFL has filed complaints vs. Sen. Geoff Michel, a Republican from Edina. The hearing will revolve around what Michel, the Senate's Deputy Leader last year, knew about the affair between Wright County Sen. Amy Koch, the 2011 Majority Leader, and staffer Michael Brodkorb, former Senate GOP spokesperson.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Documents filed by an attorney for fired Senate GOP Senate spokesperson Michael Brodkorb confirm Koch's "inappropriate relationship."
After nearly four months of speculation, there is documented proof that the "inappropriate relationship" that led to Wright County Sen. Amy Koch's resignation and removal as the Senate Majority Leader was with former Senate GOP spokesperson Michael Brodkorb. According to reports filed by several news outlets yesterday, Brodkorb's attorney, Phil Villaume, detailed the relationship in briefs he submitted in court this week as part of a possible/pending wrongful termination suit Brodkorb is expected to file against the Minnesota State Senate. In mid-December, three Senators confronted Koch about the affair, leading her to submit her resignation as majority leader and to announce that she would not be seeking another term as the Senator from …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The media frenzy surrounding the fall of Sen. Amy Koch (R-Buffalo) isn’t surprising, given the public’s penchant for scandal.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune follows the final hours of Koch’s status as majority leader and the controversial meeting held by her and four other GOP Senators in this article, which ran Monday evening online and in the Tuesday edition of the newspaper. In the wake of the scandal, a handful of Koch’s colleagues have said they would consider resigning from the Minnesota Senate entirely, rather than serving out the remainder of the term, as Koch plans to do (as of today). Sen. David Hann of Eden Prairie, a candidate for Koch’s former spot as Majority Leader, has said he would step down “if in the same position.” Respected Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria, another Republican, gave his comments to the Alexandria Echo Press, said “I am very …
Monday, December 19, 2011
WCCO reporter Esme Murphy asked the question everyone who knows Minnesota politics was wondering: Was Michael Brodkorb the man with whom Sen. Amy Koch had the supposed "inappropriate relationship?" Sen. Geoff Michel (R-Edina), the interim Senate Majority
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