Senate DFLer files ethics complaint against Michel

Mar 20, 2012 at 5:01 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Democratic state senator has filed an ethics complaint against Republican Sen. Geoff Michel over his handling of allegations of infidelity against former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.

Sen. Sandy Pappas of St. Paul filed the complaint Monday. It says Michel "betrayed the public's trust" by making false statements in a news conference about when he first learned of an affair between Koch and a subordinate employee. Michel later acknowledged the discrepancy but said he was trying to protect people involved.

Michel calls the complaint "political" and says he wants an immediate hearing. He announced recently he isn't running for reelection to his Edina-area Senate seat.

Koch resigned as majority leader late last year after Michel and other senators confronted her about the allegations. The employee, Michael Brodkorb, was fired and is threatening to sue the Senate.

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