U.S. senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar is now publicly acknowledging the alleged staff mistreatment that has been reported by news publications ranging from BuzzFeed to the New York Times.
Though her representatives have responded to the stories — in which former staff members say Klobuchar is "habitually demeaning" and given to publicly humiliating underlings — the senator herself issued a statement to the Star Tribune on Friday.
“I’m incredibly proud of the work our staff has done and I would not be here without amazing staff,” Klobuchar's statement to the paper reads. “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.”
However, the publication points out, she did not grant an interview for the story.
The saga about the working conditions in Klobuchar's office began last month, when, a few days before the Democrat announced her candidacy for president, the Huffington Post reported she'd had trouble finding a campaign manager because of her less-than-flattering reputation.
Other reports soon followed, with more and more accusations from former staffers, including a now somewhat infamous one about Klobuchar using a comb to eat a salad.
But she may have a chance to capitalize on the story, and make the best of it, with a little humor.
As Politico reports, the senator will be the Democratic speaker at Saturday night’s annual Gridiron Club Dinner, a satire-soaked affair in which politicians traditionally poke fun at themselves and each other.
"Klobuchar right now surely has a team of advisers — those who have not quit and told their stories to reporters — working last-minute on lines that can simultaneously acknowledge her reputation and, with the right mix of humor and humility, drain it of toxicity," the news site wryly notes.