Michael Brodkorb, a former Minnesota state senate staffer, confessed Wednesday, March 14, to having an affair with senator Amy Koch. The affair had been under suspicion of the senate since December 2011. Brodkorb worked as Koch's communications chief.
On December 16, the Senate fired Brodkorb after it forced Koch to resign her position as senator on the 15th. Myfoxtwincities reports that Koch admitted to having an affair with an "unnamed staffer" after being confronted by the MNGOP.
In December prior to her statement about the affair, Koch said she left because she was not planning to run for state senate again.
According to the City Pages article, Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel stated that the relationship was unacceptable because Koch's position in the senate was managerial to Brodkorb's. The affair was labeled as a "conflict of interest."