MN Spends Another $90K On Sex Scandal Legal Bill

The legal bills for a wrongful dismissal lawsuit related to an affair a Minnesota Republican Senate leader had with her senior aide continue to mount. A Minnesota Senate Committee today approved spending a little more than $90,000 to pay the latest legal invoice in the case. The total legal bill is approaching $200,000.

Under Republican control, public Senate discussion of what led to Senator Amy Koch’s resignation as Majority Leader last December and the firing of her senior aide Michael Brodkorb has been limited because of Brodkorb’s lawsuit against the state.

Video of full committee meeting and Minnesota legislative twitter feed
Thursday’s discussion yielded few new details other than several of Brodkorb’s complaints have been dropped. Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman says the Senate’s defense against Brodkorb “has been strong.” Outgoing Senate Majority Leader David Senjem (R) went further to say Brodkorb’s case was “without merit,” and he wants the state to continue to fight it to avoid setting a bad precedent.

Senate Majority Leader-designate Tom Bakk (DFL) will inherit the legal headache when the DFL takes control of the Senate in January. Senator Bakk has said his party has been kept in the dark about the status of the case and will want more information before making any decision on settling it or pursuing further court action.

Video at top: discussion of Brodkorb legal case. Video below: entire MN Senate Rules Committee meeting.