At least three people have withdrawn from consideration to lead Sen. Amy Klobuchars (D-Minn.) Nascent 2020 Presidential Campaign – and partly because of Klobuchar's story of mistreating his staff, HuffPost has learned.
Klobuchar, who is planning to publish a message on a potential presidential bid on Sunday in Minneapolis, has spent the last few months placing himself to head for president. She is loved in her state as a smart, fun and personal legislator and has received national attention for her question marks of high-profile hearings.
But some former Klobuchar employees, who all spoke to HuffPost on condition of anonymity, describe Klobuchar as usually degrading and prone to breaking of cruelty which makes it difficult to work in his office for too long.
It is common for staff to wake up to several emails from Klobuchar, which characterize one's work as "the worst" briefing or press release she had seen in her decades of public service, according to two previous helpers and emails that was seen by HuffPost.
Although some employees grew to her constant layoffs ("It's always" the worst, "a sarcastic said." It was "the worst" two weeks ago "), others found the abrasive and demoralizing. Klobuchar added often the humiliation, and they often had large groups of employees who did not work on the subject at hand, giving the emails the effect of a public flogging.
"Senator Klobuchar loves his staff – that's why she is come to where she is today, "told a campaign spokesman HuffPost." She has many employees who have been with her this year – including her chief of staff and her state director, who has worked for her for 5 and 7 years respectively – and many who have gone on doing amazing things, from working in the Obama Administration (over 20 of them) to running for office to serving as an agricultural commissioner for Minnesota. She is proud of them and their work for Minnesota. "
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar Throughout His Political Career
Some people working for Klobuchar say that the valued experience: Klobuchar has an unparalleled command of detail, puts in long, enthusiastic hours and simply requires her office to meet the same high standards that several former employees maintain. The described employees work for her as a challenge, but an exciting one that made them grow and do their best work. They questioned whether former colleagues who believed she was abusive fell for sexist stereotypes about female leaders with high standards.
Come to comment, Klobuchar & # 39; s office referred HuffPost to several ex-employees who shared glowing statements to work for her.
"I've heard people say she's hard to work for, and I sometimes crawl when I hear it, because I rarely say it's said about male bosses in Congress, despite the fact that half of Congress is hard to work for, "said Tristan Brown, a former lawyer who called Klobuchar" probably the most brilliant, hard-working person I have had the privilege to work for. "
Erik Garcia Luna, who worked at Klobuchars office in Minneapolis from 2009 to 2014, remembers her as kind. He said she called her employees during the 2013 government interruption to check in with them and make sure they and their families were taken care of.
He said he had no idea why there were so divergent views of people who had worked for the senator: "I don't know what to do about them, to be honest."
On the other hand, undeniably, Klobuchar's office consistently has one of the highest rates of staff turnover in the Senate. From 2001 to 2016, she ranked No. 1 in the Senate for staff turnover measured by LegiStorm, a widespread database of congressional employee salaries. She is now third, behind the Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen and Louisiana Republican John Kennedy.
And this is not the first time that Klobuchar has had trouble building a team because of concerns about her mistreatment of staff.
A former employee of his Senate office recalled that she was struggling to find a foreign candidate to replace an outgoing staff manager. An employee in another Hill office told him he lost interest in a job opening with Klobuchar, as a current employee, the interviewer, conveyed that avoiding Klobuchar's anger was an essential part of the job.
The Senator has admitted that she has "high expectations", but many people who have worked with Klobuchar or interacted with her and her employees say that her treatment of staff goes beyond the normal expectations of excel in a job.
Three former employees said Klobuchar had instructed them or their employees to carry out personal annoyances, such as To make her personal appointments, wash up her home or pick up her dry cleaning.
The Senate staff are generally banned by the Senate's Code of Ethics from performing personal duties for members.
But the exercise is also common on Capitol Hill. A former employee who was never aware of Klobuchar, who appointed an employee with personal duties, said many lawmakers make such requests. "The honest truth to this is that there are many people [in Congress] who really use the office staff," said the former employee.
In general cases, members of the House of Representatives who violated the rules of personal use of personnel have been the subject of ethical investigations.
When you have people who don't want to work for you, you can't be so effective. Former employee of Sen. Amy Klobuchar
The reality of work for Klobuchar is contrary to the midwestern-nice image she has cultivated in public: an unflappable workhorse and the "senator next door" called the 2015 memoir.
One morning several Many years ago, when most of the office members drove late – the ex-staffer could not remember the reason – Klobuchar wrote out tardy slips and laid them on each missing aides desk. The employee is reminiscent of incredible laughter shots when her colleagues arrived one by one to find the notes, but Klobuchar was fatally serious. An assistant, whom she called in the office, went back in tears.
"She was constantly easing new fires," said a former employee, sometimes at the expense of focusing on legislative work.
"When you have people who don't want to work for you, you can't be so effective," noted the employee.
Kevin Robillard helped report.
- This article was originally featured on HuffPost.