On Brink of 2020 Decision, Klobuchar Gets Bad Press

HuffPost reports that former staffers accuse senator of mistreating employees
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2019 10:24 AM CST

(Newser) – Sen. Amy Klobuchar has a big event scheduled for Sunday in Minnesota that might just be the formal launch of a 2020 campaign for president. "Come to Boom Island," she told Rachel Maddow of MSNBC this week, per the AP. "Then you'll find out my decision." A possible Klobuchar candidacy has been generating buzz, much of it positive, but now HuffPost is out with a story generating buzz of the negative variety. The gist is that Klobuchar is a mean boss who's having trouble finding someone to lead her 2020 campaign as a result. The story says three people have withdrawn from consideration. Details:

  • The allegations: Some anonymous former staffers tell HuffPost that Klobuchar is "habitually demeaning and prone to bursts of cruelty." They describe demoralizing emails—cc'd to a large group—angry outbursts, and demands to perform personal errands such as picking up dry cleaning.
  • The counterpoint: The same story includes quotes from other former staffers disputing that. Yes, she's a demanding boss, they say, but so what? One former male staffer suggests a sexist stereotype is at play: Lots of male senators are tough, too, but you don't hear the same kind of complaints.
  • The stat: Whichever side is right, one stat is notable: Klobuchar has the third highest rate of staff turnover among senators, according to HuffPost. From 2001 to 2016, she had the highest.

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