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Minn. Senate Revisits Ex-Aide's Case as Costs Rise

Posted at: 12/13/2012 5:17 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Mounting legal costs aren't pushing Minnesota senators toward settling with an aide fired after his affair with the Republican majority leader.
    
Senior senators met Thursday to approve payment of a $90,000 invoice from a private firm defending the chamber against claims by Michael Brodkorb. They vowed to press on to fight claims they consider to be without merit despite some concerns about legal bills now at $200,000.
    
Brodkorb was a $90,000-a-year communications aide to Senate Republicans. He was fired last year when his affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch became public. He is suing on grounds he was improperly terminated.
    
Senate lawyers contend Brodkorb was an at-will employee who could be let go at any time. Court-ordered settlement talks went nowhere.
    
Republicans cede Senate control to Democrats in January.