Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a 2020 presidential hopeful, is continuing to push back on rumors of staff mistreatment.
In a statement to the Star Tribune, Klobuchar admitted that she can be harsh to her staff at times, but she is trying to listen to feedback and do better.
“I’m incredibly proud of the work our staff has done and I would not be here without amazing staff,” Klobuchar said. “I know I can be tough, I know I can push people too hard, and I also know I can do better — and I will.”
“A lot of what’s been said about working for Amy is true,” said Rodvold, who works for another member of Congress. “I just don’t see it as something that’s disqualifying for running for president.”
"I have expectations for myself…I have high expectations for this country." @SenAmyKlobuchar says she is ready for the criticism that plagues a presidential candidate and that her "grit" will get her through. https://t.co/Gvc6PB17r7 pic.twitter.com/n3MxMBaXRn
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 11, 2019
An anonymous former staffer also spoke out about their experience working for Klobuchar.
“You’d wake up to a string of four, five, six, seven, eight e-mails of increasing anger, with everybody copied. It was, ‘This is the worst thing I’ve ever seen. Naive. Stupid. Awful.’ It was just this vitriol. You didn’t wake up to it every single day, but it was enough that my stomach just clenched every morning the second I woke up.”
BB; "Ever throw a binder at anybody?"
AK: "If you look at the story, it said something about me throwing a binder down, not at someone." pic.twitter.com/FOsGqMzzlt
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 12, 2019
“I have high expectations for myself, I have high expectations for the people that work for me, but I have high expectations for this country,” Klobuchar said to reporters after a rally. “In the end, there are so many great stories of our staff that have been with me for years.”