Republican leaders in the Minnesota Senate today said Amy Koch stepped down as Senate Majority Leader yesterday after they confronted her about allegations that she engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a male staffer. Koch abruptly resigned on Thursday, surprising some of her closest colleagues. She said at the time that she felt it was time to resign her position.
Interim Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel said they confronted Koch after several staffers complained Koch’s inappropriate relationship with a male staffer caused them considerable discomfort.
“None of us are perfect,” Michel said. “We don’t claim to be. We want to be proud of the Minnesota Senate and how it’s run. We understand that’s a special obligation on those of us to maintain the high standards.”
Michel said Koch did not confirm or deny the allegations. She did not return calls to MPR News today.
Michel would not identify the Senate staffer in question except to say it was a man.
Here’s the audio from today’s news conference that included Senator Michel, GOP Sen. David Senjem, GOP Sen. David Hann and GOP Sen. Chris Gerlach: