Democratic 2020 hopeful Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) was piled with accusations of mistreating staff shortly before her announcement to run in the presidential election over the weekend. Now, a new report accuses her of having former staffers’ job offers rescinded.
Despite coming under fire for accusations, the Minnesota senator officially entered the 2020 presidential race on Sunday, looking to contrast President Donald Trump, as IJR News reported.
According to Yahoo News’ new report, Klobuchar is getting battered with more accusations that she would call her former staffers’ possible future employers to have their job offers revoked. It’s unclear if any of the jobs were actually rescinded.
According to the report, three former staffers and one Capitol Hill veteran confirmed Klobuchar’s retaliation occurred, describing the instances as “vindictive, mystifying and counterproductive,” adding it showed how the Democrat would seek to punish those who she thought betrayed her.
One former staffer told Yahoo News the senator’s behavior “crosses the line.”
Among eight former staffers expressing worry about Klobuchar’s behavior anonymously, one former staffer explained the senator’s behavior “regularly left employees in tears” — others said Klobuchar would throw objects and papers and yelled at the staff.
“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,” another former staffer told Buzzfeed News.
The 2020 hopeful defended herself against the accusations during a “Good Morning America” interview, saying, “I love my staff,” adding, “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.”
Even though Klobuchar explained she couldn’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,” the mistreatment and poor behavior accusations may haunt her in her 2020 run.