Brodkorb the Ladykiller, by Tildology.com
You know that scene near the end of The Wrath of Khan where the dying Khan, in full Ahab mode, sets his commandeered ship to be a time bomb intended to take out the Good Ship Enterprise, whose warp engines he knows to be disabled? That’s what I’m thinking of when I hear the latest twist in the Michael Brodkorb portions of the saga called the Fall of the House of Sutton:
A former Minnesota Senate staffer who claims he was fired because of an affair with former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch is now saying he intends to expose female staffers who had affairs with legislators and were not fired as part of a potential lawsuit.
Michael Brodkorb’s lawyer, Phillip G. Villaume, filed a notice of claims seeking more than $500,000 in damages along with attorneys’ fees for illegal termination on the basis of gender discrimination. The notice
also “reserves the right” to include invasion of privacy claims against three members of the Senate GOP leadership and two Senate staffers.
“Mr. Brodkorb has evidence that similarly situated female legislative employees, from both political parties, were not terminated from their employment positions despite intimate relationships with male legislators,” wrote Villaume in a letter dated March 13. “It is clear that Mr. Brodkorb was terminated based on his gender. He intends to depose all of the female legislative staff employees who participated in intimate relationships, as well as the legislators who were party to those intimate relationships, in support of his claims of gender discrimination.”
Brodkorb’s lawyer tried to say that the depositions would never ever become public as he was “sure” a judge would order that such information be kept confidential. But if the identities of those who would be giving depositions never became publicly known, then Brodkorb’s suit wouldn’t frighten the Republicans the way it does. (Yes, yes, the suit references persons of “both parties”, but just two months ago the Senate Republicans, on the pretext of budget-tightening, dumped nearly half of the full-time DFL legislative staffers while not firing a single Republican staffer. There are far more Republicans than Democrats remaining that are likely to be affected.) Cal Ludeman, the Secretary of the Senate and the person who actually fired Brodkorb from Brodkorb’s Senate job — which by the way was Brodkorb’s last official toehold on power at the State Capitol, he having lost his Deputy RPM Chair job last October as his ally and RPM Chair Tony Sutton’s money scandals were catching up to both him and his buddies — responded to Brodkorb’s suit by calling it an attempt “to extort a payment” from the Minnesota Senate.
You see why this makes me think of The Wrath of Khan, right? Except in this iteration, there is no noble
Commander Captain Spock* standing at the ready to save the Republican Party of Minnesota from Michael Brodkorb.
Longtime readers of my FDL and Mercury Rising posts may remember the name of Michael Brodkorb. He once was the second-most-powerful Republican in Minnesota, second only to his good friend Tony Sutton himself. He and Sutton literally ordered around the RPM congressional delegation – hence Brodkorb’s position as Koch’s nominal subordinate when in fact he was her Svengali (or Rasputin, as Nick Coleman calls him).
But both Brodkorb and Sutton made shitloads of enemies, running roughshod over the members of their own caucus, especially those from the rival Tom Emmer and Allen Quist TheoCon faction. When Sutton’s money scandals took him out of the picture barely a year after he and Brodkorb had led the RPM to take both houses of the legislature, and with Sutton apparently no longer in favor with his usual sugar daddy and protector Bill Cooper Sr. (of TCF Bank infamy, and also he who bankrolled Sutton’s failed Baja Sol turkey farm scheme for fellow Republicans and other political allies), there was nothing to shield Brodkorb when Cal Ludeman made his move. However, Ludeman is not as smart as he thinks he is, and he’s likely set himself up to lose his Secretary of the Senate position as a result.
(Crossposted to MyFDL.)
*Hat tip to Margaret for the correction.