A political earthquake, an effort to find footing

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 31, 2011 - 4:26 PM

After Amy Koch's departure rocked the Capitol, legislators sought institutional integrity.

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tacotonyDec. 31, 11 5:18 PM

It takes two to tango and they still haven't named the "male staffer." For future reference I think the state deserves a straight answer as to who was her accomplice.

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mn2niceDec. 31, 11 6:29 PM

Whatever the Senate decides to do in the future about possible actions to take when members are found to have been found in violation of Senate rules should be separate from and not in replacement to any other legal consequences she may face as a result of her behavior. The Republican Party should not be allowed to quietly sweep this under the rug. Senator Koch violated a public trust, not just the trust she had with her colleagues as their leader. In fact, the public trust is much more serious, because it raised questions about her ability to effectively serve the public.

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webbswebJan. 1, 1212:16 AM

Hmm...politics and integrity mentioned in the same piece. Sounds like an oxymoron to me.

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roman55Jan. 1, 12 8:02 AM

The absence of integrity by the lot of any of them to tell the truth as public servants is unacceptable. Senjem represents the same ethical blindness in refusing to be transparent. That type of leadership will fail. There needs to be a full investigation.

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Willy53Jan. 1, 12 8:46 AM

Senator Geoff Michael, R-Edina, likens Koch's situation to a "CEO having a clandestine personal realtionaship with a powerful senior vice president" and says no board of directors would tolerate it. I suggest Senator Michael and the rest of the republicans look at it as a clear violation of the sanctity of marriage, something about which they claim to be the keepers. Diffusing Koch's actions by comparing them to a corporate structure is a smokescreen to deflect the real tragedy befalling the Republican Party. This is one more example of their immoral behavior exposing the hypocrisy of their "family values". There are only so many of these digressions from their rhetoric that a party can take before damage is irreversible.

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sundooberJan. 1, 12 9:29 AM

I sure as heck hope this isn't really the "party of MN values" like I heard last night on the news. They certainly DO NOT reflect MY value system. I do not consider myself a devout christian and yet I have better morals than these alley cats.

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moomoogooberJan. 1, 1211:17 AM

If she were a male democrat this wouldn't even be a story...just ask Bill Clinton, JFK and many, many more!

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