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Strategist Admits Goal Of Minnesota Amendment Was Republican Voter Turnout

Michael Brodkorb was a powerful Republican insider within the Minnesota legislator until it came to light 10 months ago that he was having an affair with Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch (R). Koch resigned and Brodkorb was fired, but after keeping his silence in the interim, he’s now speaking out against the marriage inequality amendment. He explained to WCCO that the amendment had nothing to do with morality, but was passed to drive Republican voter turnout:

“It provided a turnout opportunity for Republicans,” he said.

Brodkorb was former Deputy Chairman of the State Republican Party and top Senate staffer, and says GOP Senators knew a driving force behind the gay marriage amendment wasn’t morality. It was political reality.

Top GOP leaders thought they couldn’t beat incumbent Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Republicans would stay home.

“The belief was, the United States senate race was not going to be close, and that Republicans needed and social conservatives needed a reason to get to the polls in November,” he said.

This revelation is troubling, but perhaps not so surprising. After all, it cannot be forgotten that the Minnesota state government had to shut down, because instead of passing a budget, Republican leadership dedicated excessive time to debating and passing the amendment banning same-sex marriage, then flying around the state to defend it.

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Brodkorb says the plan may now backfire, because strong opposition to the harmful amendment could cause some Republican state Senators to lose. Polls have shown a close race, but they indicate the amendment is set to lose, because Minnesota law requires a full 50 percent vote of approval — non-votes will count as no-votes. (HT: Truth Wins Out.)