Wife: Michael Brodkorb's Condition 'Improving' After Crash

Updated: 01/25/2013 4:20 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

Michael Brodkorb's wife issued a statement Friday saying her husband's condition has improved after he crashed on a highway near St. Paul.

Michael 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. Wednesday. His condition was initially listed as critical.

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.

In a statement Sarah Brodkorb said, “Michael’s condition has improved. We thank everyone for their concern, warm thoughts and prayers." She also asked for privacy as they focus on Michael's health. 
  
Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske said a trooper who responded to the crash smelled alcohol on Michael Brodkorb's breath, but the results of a urine test to determine his blood alcohol content weren't expected for at least two weeks.
   
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.
   
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.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.