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Former Minnesota Senate staffer critically injured in crash | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

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Former Minnesota Senate staffer critically injured in crash

Michael Brodkorb was in critical condition late Wednesday after his car crashed on Interstate 35E in the Twin Cities.

By: Tad Vezner, St. Paul Pioneer Press / MCT

Former Minnesota Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb was in critical condition late Wednesday after his car crashed on Interstate 35E in the Twin Cities.

Brodkorb, 39, of Eagan was taken to Regions Hospital following the accident. Alcohol was detected in his system, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The crash occurred about 9:15 p.m. on northbound 35E at Minnesota Highway 13. His car struck a bridge.

According to a State Patrol report, Brodkorb’s 2004 Subaru Forester struck a wall, then came to rest against the barrier.

There were no passengers in Brodkorb’s car, according to the report.

Brodkorb’s political career began when he served as a staff assistant for former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz’s unsuccessful Senate campaign in 1996. He later worked on the campaigns for Minneapolis mayoral candidate Barbara Carlson and for former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman when he ran for governor.

He later began the anti-Democrat blog, Minnesota Democrats Exposed, helping raise his stature in the Republican Party. In 2009, Brodkorb was elected deputy chair of the Minnesota GOP. Shortly after the 2010 election, when Republicans seized control of the Senate after decades of a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party majority, Brodkorb took over as the chief spokesman for the Senate Republican caucus.

He was later fired after his affair with then-Majority Leader Amy Koch became public. Brodkorb has since filed suit for gender discrimination, claiming he was treated differently than female staffers who had affairs with male legislators. That case is still pending.

Former Minnesota Senate staffer critically injured in crash | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota.

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