At least three potential campaign leaders have pulled themselves out of consideration for Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) burgeoning presidential effort due to her history of angry outbursts and public humiliation of her staff, according to a Wednesday HuffPost report.
Anonymous former staffers told HuffPost that she was frequently demeaning and harsh, telling them their work was “the worst,” then copying other staff members on the email.
Other staffers starkly contradict those accounts and say that she was tough and demanding but that working from her was rewarding.
“I’ve heard people say she’s tough to work for and I sometimes cringe when I hear it because I rarely hear that said about male bosses in Congress despite the fact that half of Congress is tough to work for,” former aide Tristan Brown told HuffPost. “[She’s] probably the most brilliant, hardworking person I’ve had the privilege to work for.”
However, Klobuchar’s office has frequently ranked among the highest in terms of turnover, and she has run into difficulty in the past when hiring a new chief of staff.
Her nascent campaign maintains that Klobuchar loves her staff and has had some aides on board for years.