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8-Page Memo Details Klobuchar’s Mistreatment of Her Staff

“I’m supposed to tell you,” she said, with a look of terror on her face, “Senator Klobuchar is late today because I am bad at my job.”

By NTK Staff | 02.11.2019 @11:30am
8-Page Memo Details Klobuchar’s Mistreatment of Her Staff

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) routinely berated her staff, had them pick up her dirty clothes, do her dishes, and blamed them for being late to events according to a story published by the Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post obtained an eight-page memo from Klobuchar’s first campaign, which outlined the duties for Klobuchar’s body person.

According to the Huffington Post:

“Especially while in the car during a busy day: if she is EXTREMELY upset about something, let her rant through it, DON’T interrupt [sic] her unless ABSOLUTELY necessary and be careful when trying to calm her down,” the memo reads. “Often she just needs to talk things out in the open and is not interested in other people’s opinions―this is something that you will become used to and adjust to―its just a note for the first time this happens.”

The memo also detailed responsibilities for the body person during “free time,” when waiting on Klobuchar. These responsibilities included hanging up the senator’s clothes, putting dirty clothes in a hamper, and throwing away garbage, among other things.

“Staff are staff, they’re not maids,” a former aide who spoke with the Huffington Post on the condition of anonymity said. “There’s a difference between ‘Make sure I have a Diet Coke at an event’ and ‘Pick up my dirty clothes while you wait for me to get dressed’…I get it. Candidates’ lives are incredibly demanding, and unless you’re worth millions and you can pay someone to staff your house, sometimes political staff, they jump in and fill that void. And it’s not appropriate.”

During her first campaign, Klobuchar’s treatment of her staff was so bad that a local chapter of AFCME, “which represented many of Klobuchar’s employees in the attorney’s office, asked the larger, Twin Cities AFSCME affiliate not to endorse Klobuchar’s Senate bid,” citing “shameful treatment of her employees.”

After being elected to the Senate, Klobuchar’s treatment of her staff didn’t improve. Then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) reportedly had to have a conversation with Klobuchar about it, according to several people with knowledge of the meeting with whom the Huffington Post spoke.

A spokesperson for Reid said that the former senator does not remember having such a meeting with Klobuchar.

Even after the reported intervention from Democratic leadership, Klobuchar’s treatment of her staff didn’t change.

According to the Huffington Post:

A former aide to ex-Sen. Al Franken recalled an encounter at a Veterans Day event to which Klobuchar was running late. (Franken resigned from the Senate in December 2017 after multiple women accused him of groping them or forcibly kissing them, often at political events.)

A young Klobuchar staffer was sent to explain the senator’s lateness to the Franken staffer.

“I’m supposed to tell you,” she said, with a look of terror on her face, “Senator Klobuchar is late today because I am bad at my job.”

In an attempt to address the controversy over the treatment of her staff, Klobuchar told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Monday that she has “high expectations” for herself and her staff.

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