Exhibit B, about employment, is especially fascinating. Page 4 of Exhibit B states that after December 16, Michael Brodkorb was an independent contractor for "Mike Perry for Congress." That's the Emo Senator, Mike Parry. However, former City Pages staff writer Gregory Pratt reported on December 17 that Michael Brodkorb leaves Mike Parry congressional campaign.
Parry for Congress year-end FEC report doesn't list a disbursement to Michael Brodkorb. The July 2012 disbursements include $10,000 to Golnik Strategies, another client mentioned in Exhibit B, although Golnik was serving as de facto campaign manager and was fairly visible in the Parry campaign, while Brodkorb was not. Golnik Strategies also shows up in the post-primary report. We can't find a direct payment to Brodkorb anywhere in the Parry FEC records. This is a peculiar sort of employment. The other contracts--for public affairs firms--aren't covered by campaign finance disclosure rules.
There's also a statement on page 3 of Exhibit B that the plaintiff (Brodkorb) and former State Senator Koch were involved in an intimate relationhip between September 2011 and December 16, 2011. Bluestem doesn't read this text as indicating that the intimate relationship began in September and ended in December. This is simply the time frame for when Brodkorb wishes to demonstrate that by being fired when Koch stepped down, he was treated differently from female senate employees who found themselves in similar circumstances.
Indeed, there's some suggestive information that Brodkorb's intimate life was complicated as early as June 2011. The same former City Pages staff writer reported in Michael Brodkorb domestic dispute: Wife called 911 because "the level of anger in Michael's voice scared both her and their three children" that a domestic dispute call was made from the Brodkorb domicile on June 5, 2011.
Finally, there's mention in the documents of contact by the senate to the press that Koch was stepping down in the press because of the affair. Leaking to the press on the part of senate leadership has become a staple of Brodkorb defenders. Curiously, the electronic media stars who received the leak may have broken the tale of the affair, but not the identity of Koch's paramour. That revelation was first voiced by the City Pages as well. Funny how the settle now crowd only mentions Kessler, but not the independent work by a young alt-weekly reporter. Was City Pages in the leaking loop--or did an aggressive news hound get there on his own?
Here are the court documents:
Photo: Michael Brodkorb.
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