2020 Dem Hopeful Amy Klobuchar Tries to Downplay Reports of Staff Mistreatment When Confronted

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Democratic lawmaker and 2020 presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar recently responded to reports that her office has a bad work environment.

During an interview on “Good Morning America,” Klobuchar spoke out against reports from BuzzFeed News and HuffPost that pointed toward mistreatment of employees.

“Well, first of all, I love my staff. I wouldn’t be where I am and we wouldn’t be able to pass all those bills and do all that work if we didn’t have a great staff,” said Klobuchar. “I’m tough. I push people. That is true, but my point my point is, I have high expectations for myself, I have high expectation for the people that work for me, and I have high expectations for this country.”

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However, anonymous staffers slammed Klobuchar as a terrible leader, claiming that she had spoken to them harshly and thrown binders at them in anger.

“I’ve always been taught that your true character shows in how you treat those with less power than you, especially behind closed doors,” the anonymous staffer said. “The way Sen. Klobuchar behaves in private with her staff is very different than when she’s in the public eye, and that kind of cruelty shouldn’t be acceptable for anyone.”

Klobuchar announced her 2020 presidential campaign on Sunday, but it is uncertain if the reports will have a negative effect on her campaign.

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Marcy Ellis
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Ok so your dad is an alcoholic and your child was sickly the first year of her life. What does that have to do with the treatment of your staff? We all have issues and problems we have dealt with but that has nothing to do with how we work with others. Really a sad excuse for a candidate if her staff doesn’t like her

Screwtape
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Apparently her “high expectations” do not include treating those who work for her with respect or dignity. Further reports that at least three interviewees for managing her campaign have declined after feedback from former staffers.

These are bad optics for someone trying to make a national brand.

Phoenix
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I had a manager like this. He was extremely offensive and he was a bear when it came to work. I’m shocked he wasn’t constantly taken to HR. Ultimately, i’d work for him again if i had the chance because that guy was good at what he did and he did seem to care. People loved and hated to work for/with him.

This type of management style isn’t for everyone, but honestly he just reminded me of an angry sports coach. I had plenty of experience with that so the bluster didn’t bug me as much.

Madison Dibble
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This isn’t a great start for her campaign. It’s hard to say if this will really impact her campaign a few months from now, though. I’m not sure how many voters would see this as a deal breaker.

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