State Patrol: Alcohol Involved in Michael Brodkorb's Crash

Posted at: 02/07/2013 4:02 PM
Updated at: 02/08/2013 7:57 AM
By: Leslie Dyste

Michael Brodkorb's alcohol concentration was over the legal limit at 0.10 when he crashed last month, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Brodkorb, who was fired over his affair with the Minnesota Senate's majority leader, was injured after he crashed in Mendota Heights at about 9 p.m. Jan. 23.

According to the State Patrol, Michael Brodkorb's car hit the wall of a bridge along Interstate 35E, and stopped against a concrete median barrier.

Michael Brodkorb, 39, of Eagan, was not wearing a seat belt, according to the accident report.

He was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, and his condition was initially listed as critical.
Michael Brodkorb was a communications aide to Senate Republicans. He was fired in 2011 after an affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. He is suing the state, with claims including gender discrimination, arguing female staffers involved in affairs in the past were not similarly fired.
Senate lawyers contend Michael Brodkorb was an at-will employee who could be let go at any time.
Once seen as a rising GOP star, Koch quietly served out the final year of her term and did not seek re-election in November.

Possible charges in Brodkorb's crash are under review.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.