Just kidding! Sort of. As of this morning, though, it looks more likely that Cal & Co. will be on the business end of a lawsuit by Michael Brodkorb. The irony of the attack dog turning on its master is not lost on anyone, certainly not Nick Coleman.
Among Cal's problems (and there are more) is the fact that the Senate has already been driven into penury by the Republican caucus.
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We have the evidence.
Let's start with a hypothetical. Say you have an employee who screws something up so monumentally, so royally, so titanically -- and maybe so carelessly or intentionally -- that it winds up costing you a lot of money. Say that this person is your HR director. Let's also say that the matter that got screwed up was the dismissal of another employee. Can you sue your employee for his utter malfeasance? Why, of course you can.
You see where this is going, don't you?
Ludeman has a huge conflict of interest here. He's playing with house (well, actually the Senate's and by extension the taxpayers') money to hire a lawyer to protect the Senate Republican caucus and himself.
In spite of Bottern's opinion, Cal Ludeman ought to be the last person in charge of this litigation.
And a lawyer truly representing the Senate would be thinking about the question: are there parties other than the institution of the Minnesota Senate who are really responsible here? And should I be thinking about third-party claims against them?
Update: Cal this afternoon:
Lotsa luck with that, Cal.