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Continued: Brodkorb settles lawsuit against Minnesota Senate for $30,000

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 27, 2013 - 6:17 AM

Senate Minority Leader David Hann, one of the legislators who confronted Koch at the Minneapolis Club, said he is relieved by the settlement.

“We have said all along that the Senate acted appropriately in this matter,” said Hann, R-Eden Prairie. “I am pleased that this agreement acknowledges that the facts of the case do not support any of the claims against the Senate and that the case has been dismissed.”

Koch and Brodkorb had been widely credited with helping Republicans win control of the Minnesota Senate for the first time in 40 years. After Koch’s fall and Brodkorb’s dismissal, DFLers won back control in 2012 election.

Brodkorb said one factor urging him to settle was not wanting this lawsuit to hurt GOP chances in 2014. The affair occasionally came up at local political forums in which the GOP candidate had no involvement in the affair or the lawsuit.

“I had no interest in seeing this situation play itself out like it did during the 2012 elections,” Brodkorb said. “That wore on me greatly.”

Koch and her husband divorced, and she did not run for re-election. After leaving office, she bought a bowling alley in Maple Lake.

“I think that by settling, he did Republicans a big favor in 2014,” Koch said. “Mostly I am glad because there would have been a lot of other families hurt. I am glad that is all ended now.”

Brodkorb, 39, said he and Koch are no longer involved romantically. He lives with his wife and children in Eagan, maintains a political blog and is a University of Minnesota student.

“This has been very hard on my family, and I greatly appreciate their support throughout this,” Brodkorb said. “Regardless of the strikes against me that some people have, I feel like my best days are yet to come.”

 

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