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Is Amy Klobuchar a Horrible Boss? Report Raises Questions Ahead of 2020 Announcement

Klobuchar staffers would routinely wake up to emails from their boss, characterizing their work as “the worst” thing she’d seen in decades of public service.

By NTK Staff | 02.07.2019 @12:23pm
Is Amy Klobuchar a Horrible Boss? Report Raises Questions Ahead of 2020 Announcement

Three former staffers to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who is expected to announce she’s running for president on Sunday, spoke to the Huffington Post about her abusive behavior as a boss in an explosive new report.

Each staffer spoke to the Huffington Post on the condition of anonymity, and all three confirmed that Klobuchar was “habitually demeaning and prone to bursts of cruelty that make it difficult to work in her office for long.” Making matters worse, Klobuchar frequently made her criticism an office-wide shaming:

It is common for staff to wake up to multiple emails from Klobuchar characterizing one’s work as “the worst” briefing or press release she’d seen in her decades of public service, according to two former aides and emails seen by HuffPost.

Although some staffers grew inured to her constant put-downs (“It’s always ‘the worst,’” one said sarcastically, “‘It was ‘the worst’ one two weeks ago”), others found it grinding and demoralizing. Adding to the humiliation, Klobuchar often cc’d large groups of staffers who weren’t working on the topic at hand, giving the emails the effect of a public flogging.

Klobuchar’s team disputed the characterization of the senator as a horrible boss, citing long-time staffers and praising those who have left for their successes.

The problem for Klobuchar is that her office has one of the highest rates of turnover in the Senate, year after year. “From 2001 to 2016, she ranked No. 1 in the Senate for staff turnover as measured by LegiStorm, a widely used database of congressional staff salaries,” the Huffington Post’s Molly Redden wrote.

Here’s one particularly eyebrow-raising anecdote:

One morning several years ago, when most of the office staff was running late — the ex-staffer couldn’t remember the reason — Klobuchar wrote out tardy slips and placed them on each missing aide’s desk. The staffer recalls incredulous bursts of laughter as her co-workers arrived one by one to find the notes, but Klobuchar was deadly serious. An aide whom she called into her office walked back out in tears.

Stories like this risk spoiling Klobuchar’s “Midwest nice” image. And if she was as abusive to staff as they claim, expect former staffers to assist other 2020 campaigns maintain a steady drumbeat of negative press for the Minnesota Democrat.

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