Koch: "I have made some mistakes and errors in judgement"
Sen. Amy Koch released a statement today apologizing for having a relationship with a Senate staffer. Koch resigned her position as Senate majority leader last Thursday. At the time, she said it was because she had decided not to run for re-election to her seat, and Republicans could not afford to have a "lame duck" in negotiations. One day later a group of senior Senators revealed they had confronted Koch before she resigned about allegations she was having an "inappropriate relationship" with a Senate staffer. Also on Friday, interim Majority Leader Geoff Michel announced the Senate Republicans' Communications Director Michael Brodkorb was no longer with the Senate. The Star Tribune reported that Brodkorb was fired.
Here is the statement she released today:
"In a letter dated 12.15.11, I announced that I was resigning as Majority Leader for personal reasons. I have made some mistakes and errors in judgment for which I am deeply sorry by engaging in a relationship with a Senate staffer. While I have not violated any laws or Senate rules, nor misused any state funds or property, I want to express my deep regret and apologies to my constituents, the Republican party, my fellow legislators, friends and most importantly, my family. I regret more than words can express the hurt that I have caused to the people that I love, and to those who have worked and served with me over the past years.
The events of recent days have been very difficult for me and those close to me. It is important that I spend time now focusing on the challenging days ahead as I work through some very personal issues."