Former Aides: Klobuchar ‘Dehumanizing,’ Not Simply ‘Demanding’

25 Février, 2019, 01:33 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar announces her 2020 presidential bid on Feb. 10 2019 in Minneapolis Minnesota

Then she handed the comb back to her staff member with a directive: Clean it.

Klobuchar has been the subject of several reports detailing ways in which she has treated staff poorly and at some times in a harsh and cruel manor. Former aides also said Klobuchar would impede the chances for them to find another job, even speaking with her employees' prospective employer to inhibit the chances for a new job. Over much of her Senate career, no one outpaced Ms. Klobuchar on this score; in 2017, two freshman senators, John Kennedy of Louisiana and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, surpassed her.

Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar on Friday faced fresh accusations of belittling staffers, with a new report relaying a weird allegation that she'd berated a staff member for failing to bring her a fork with her salad.

Some former staffers did say their time with Klobuchar was more enjoyable than the experiences described by others, such as former communications aide Erikka Knuti.

The Times began by citing a story about an aide who had gotten a salad for Klobuchar but lost the requisite eating utensils in an airport terminal, prompting Klobuchar to truculently eat the salad with a comb she pulled from her bag, then tell the aide to clean the comb.

This is the latest in a series of revelations made in recent weeks about Klobuchar's purported tendency to humiliate and mistreat her staff.

Other outlets have reported on the alleged hostile work environment, and the senator addressed the issue during a CNN town hall earlier this month.

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One former staffer told Buzzfeed, "I've always been taught that your true character shows in how you treat those with less power than you, especially behind closed doors".

On Friday, the New York Times reported that there were special constraints on employees who left after taking parental leave, at least on paper. "And yes, I can be a tough boss, and push people - that's obvious".

During an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier last week, though, Klobuchar said she spoke with Reid, and "he doesn't remember that and I don't remember that either".

Klobuchar said in a statement Friday that she supports legalization and that states should have the right to determine how to handle marijuana in their territory. This, her former staffers said, and internal emails showed, was normal.

In another instance, Klobuchar threw a binder that hit an aide. "We offer 12 weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave for our staff and have one of the strongest paid leave policies in the Senate", said a spokeswoman, Elana Ross.

In another angry email, she wrote: 'This is the hands down worse thing you have ever given me'. Still, the senator has had a large staff turnover since taking office.


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