‘I’ve heard people say she’s tough to work for and I sometimes cringe when I hear it…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, has treated her staff so poorly in the past that she is having trouble finding anyone to manage her campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
At least three candidates voluntarily withdrew their names from the job application due, at least partly, to fears about mistreatment, The Huffington Post reported.
Klobuchar, who has not yet officially announced her campaign, is expected to do so on Sunday.
In conversations with The Huffington Post, anonymous campaign staffers called Klobuchar “habitually demeaning and prone to bursts of cruelty that make it difficult to work in her office for long.”
Klobuchar reportedly sent emails to staff on a frequent basis that demeaned their efforts.
The staffers said she often used the superlative case and called their work “the worst” that she has ever witnessed during her time in public office.
Some staffers said they found her consistent use of phrases like “the worst” to be exaggerated and sarcastic, while others said it made them feel demoralized and demeaned.
Klobuchar also reportedly demeaned her staff members by making them do her personal chores, like washing dishes, running errands, and arranging appointments.
A spokesperson for Klobuchar’s campaign spoke against the allegations.
“Senator Klobuchar loves her staff ― they are the reason she has gotten to where she is today,” the spokesperson said. “She has many staff who have been with her for years ― including her Chief of Staff and her State Director, who have worked for her for 5 and 7 years respectively…She is proud of them and the work they have done for Minnesota.”
Staffers who enjoyed their work with Klobuchar said she has high standards: she works long hours and demands scrupulous attention to details.
Tristan Brown, a former legislative aide for Klobuchar, said the staffers who felt demeaned while working for her had sexist standards.
“I’ve heard people say she’s tough to work for and I sometimes cringe when I hear it because I rarely hear that said about male bosses in Congress despite the fact that half of Congress is tough to work for,” said Tristan Brown, a former legislative aide who called Klobuchar “probably the most brilliant, hard-working person I’ve had the privilege to work for.”