On Friday, Republican state Senate leaders made clear they just didn't want to talk about Michael Brodkorb and former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.

In the face of repeated questions from the media, Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem and Deputy Majority Leader Julianne Ortman said they would leave the issue of the ex-employee fired after Koch stepped down last year to their lawyer. Koch was confronted about an affair she was having with Brodkorb before she resigned. Brodkorb was fired from his job the day after she resigned.

On Thursday, Brodkorb's attorneys said they plan to depose both lawmakers and staff who had had affairs to prove his case that he was wrongfully dismissed.

Senjem, R-Rochester, said the issue was in "Lawyer Land," a mythical place that likely is populated with lots of folks with nice suits.

Ortman, R-Chanhassen, told the media: "You can ask all you want, we are not going to comment about what's going on with...litigation."

Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, for his part said the whole episode was bringing the Senate into disrepute and should be taken as a sign that the Legislature should adjourn quickly to avoid doing more damage to the institution.

But he also said that he did not believe the Senate did anything wrong in firing Brodkorb.

"I think the Senate will prevail," Bakk said.

 

 

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