A Democratic public relations consultant plans to sue a Republican blogger for defamation in a case that could offer a key test of the First Amendment rights of bloggers, Associated Press reports. AP says that Blois Olson, president of PR firm New School Communications and a Democratic political commentator, plans to file suit against Michael Brodkorb, a Republican who publishes the blog Minnesota Democrats Exposed.
According to the AP report, Olson disputes a recent series of postings by Brodkorb about criticisms Olson made of the congressional campaign of fellow Democrat Coleen Rowley. Brodkorb wrote that an anonymous source told him that the Rowley campaign refused to hire New School Communications for consulting work, prompting Brodkorb to ask why Olson did not disclose that when he criticized Rowley in several news stories. Olson denies that New School tried to get consulting work with the Rowley campaign.