Rumors of alleged staff mistreatment continue to cast a shadow over Sen. Amy Klobuchar's much-anticipated 2020 announcement, with another report saying the Democrat fosters a hostile work environment.
This time, it's an article published Friday by BuzzFeed, which says it has been shown emails in which Klobuchar "threatened" employees and "reamed them out":
In the emails seen by BuzzFeed, often sent between 1 and 4 in the morning, Klobuchar regularly berated employees, often in all capital letters, over minor mistakes, misunderstandings, and misplaced commas. Klobuchar, in the emails, which were mostly sent over the past few years, referred to her staff’s work as “the worst in ... years,” and “the worst in my life.”
The website says staffers also endured "bouts of explosive rage and regular humiliation" at Klobuchar's hands, and reports that in one alleged incident, an employee was "accidentally hit with a flying binder" the senator had thrown in a rage.
This comes just a few days after the Huffington Post reported Klobuchar was having trouble finding someone to run her presidential campaign because of her reputation as a bad boss.
The Huffington piece was the first to publicize the allegations; however, Klobuchar has been noted for her tough management style before.
As New York Magazine observes, Klobuchar's office had the highest turnover rate of any in the U.S. Senate from 2001 to 2016.
And as the New York Times has noted, Klobuchar's reputation on Capitol Hill "is not all sweetness and light," as her "prominent mention" in a Politico piece called “The ‘Worst Bosses’ in Congress?” would seem to suggest.
For its part, the senator's office has responded to both the Huffington Post and BuzzFeed with the following statement:
"Senator Klobuchar loves her staff — they are the reason she has gotten to where she is today. She has many staff who have been with her for years — including her Chief of Staff and her State Director, who have worked for her for 5 and 7 years respectively, as well as her political advisor Justin Buoen, who has worked for her for 14 years — and many who have gone on to do amazing things, from working in the Obama Administration (over 20 of them) to running for office to even serving as the Agriculture Commissioner for Minnesota. She is proud of them and the work they have done for Minnesota."
Both articles also quote staff members as defending Klobuchar, with saying the senator is "probably the most brilliant, hardworking person I’ve had the privilege to work for.”
On Sunday at Boom Island park in Minneapolis, Klobuchar will announce her decision on whether she'll run for president in 2020.