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Updated: 09/30/2013 9:29 PM
Created: 09/30/2013 6:04 AM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Leslie Dyste

Minn. Senate Committee OKs Brodkorb Lawsuit Deal


Michael Brodkorb

A Minnesota Senate panel has backed a $30,000 deal to end a lawsuit filed by an ex-aide fired after revelations of his affair with the majority leader.
    
The Senate Rules Committee endorsed the agreement Monday. It heads off a trial involving former GOP communications aide Michael Brodkorb.
    
Brodkorb had claimed he was wrongly fired after his affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. He had sought much more in damages.
    
Senators were calling it a severance package rather than a settlement. They stressed the state would save money given legal costs that have already topped $300,000 for the Senate. Each party must pay its own legal bills.
    
The Senate committee embraced the deal on a bipartisan voice vote. Only GOP Sen. Michelle Fischbach voted no and declined to say why.

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