State Patrol: Alcohol may be a factor in FLHS grad’s accident
ECM Capitol reporter
The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Michael Brodkorb of Eagan, the former Senate communications director who engaged in an inappropriate relationship with former Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and currently is suing the Senate for wrongful dismissal, was critically injured in a one-car crash Wednesday evening.
Brodkorb is a former Forest Lake resident and a 1992 graduate of Forest Lake High School.
His northbound 2004 Subaru Forester ran off I-35E in Mendota Heights and struck a cement wall, coming to rest against a concrete median barrier, according to the State Patrol. The single-car accident occurred at 9:15 p.m.
Alcohol may have played a factor in the crash, according to the State Patrol report.
The patrol reports Brodkorb, 39, sole passenger in the vehicle, was in critical condition. Brodkorb was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
Brodkorb was not wearing a seat belt, but the vehicle’s airbag deployed.
Brodkorb yesterday re-posted a Tweet about a get-to-know-you party for the Minnesota Governmental Relations Council at the Amsterdam Bar and Grill in St. Paul.
The State Patrol report said Brodkorb’s vehicle was totalled.
Brodkorb is embroiled in a legal fight against the Senate stemming from his dismissal late last year after his affair with Koch became public.
Koch eventually resigned as majority leader, and did not seek reelection to the Senate last fall.
Brodkorb is credited with helping Senate Republicans two years ago break decades of Democratic control of the Minnesota Senate in a stunning takeover of the Senate by Republicans.
But Senate Democratic leaders last election, though careful in their wording, cited the Brodkorb-Koch sex scandal as part of a perceived aura of mismanagement of the Senate voters found unsettling.
A former Minnesota State Republican Party official, Brodkorb is known for his aggressive political style. He created the blog Minnesota Democrats Exposed, and after leaving the Senate, resumed political blogging. Last fall, in his blog, Brodkorb indicated he believed Republicans would keep control of the Senate.
They did not.
Legal bills stemming from Brodkorb’s ongoing suit has cost the state some $200,000, according to recent media reports. In his suit, Brodkorb alleges gender discrimination.
Brodkorb’s Facebook page had many well-wishes posted this morning.