Former Senate staffer Brodkorb critically injured in car crash

Alexi Gusso

Former Minnesota GOP Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb was critically injured late Wednesday night in a car crash on I-35E in Mendota Heights, the Star Tribune reported. 

According to reports, Brodkorb was traveling alone on 35E when spun out and crossed three lanes after hitting the wall at Hwy. 13 around 9:15 p.m. Authorities say alcohol was detected at the scene and that Brodkorb was not wearing his seatbelt. 

Brodkorb was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with "severe but non-life threatening" injuries, according to Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske. Roeske also said a trooper detected alcohol on Brodkorb's breath at the crash scene. 

Brodkorb, the former communications chief to the Senate Republicans, was fired in 2011 after an affiar with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch was made public. Since his termination, Brodkorb has been a self-employed communications and research consultant. 

Brodkorb is currently involved in a wrongful termination lawsuit he filed last summer against the Senate.