Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has made a momentous decision, and she will be telling the world about it this weekend. By all indications, she will be announcing her candidacy for president. It is a move that will forever change her place in American politics. It will mean tremendous sacrifice for her and her family. She apparently thinks she can make a difference in this country or she wouldn’t be doing it. But before she steps on stage in Minneapolis, Klobuchar is facing a sudden and severe problem. Reports are surfacing that she’s mean, hateful, and a horrible boss. She’s yelled at her staff. Her office turnover rate is high. Media outlets are writing stories based on anonymous sources that paint Klobuchar as Cruella de Vil. Reports are even surfacing that it got so bad in Klobuchar’s office that former Democratic Senator Harry Reid had a private meeting with her to tell her to knock it off.Buzzfeed writes:
Amy Klobuchar has laid the grounds for a presidential run on an image of “Minnesota nice.” But behind the doors of her Washington, DC, office, the Minnesota Democrat ran a workplace controlled by fear, anger, and shame, according to interviews with eight former staffers, one that many employees found intolerably cruel. She demeaned and berated her staff almost daily, subjecting them to bouts of explosive rage and regular humiliation within the office, according to interviews and dozens of emails reviewed by BuzzFeed News.Huffington Post wrote something similar saying:
At least three people have withdrawn from consideration to lead Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s nascent 2020 presidential campaign — and done so in part because of the Minnesota Democrat’s history of mistreating her staff, HuffPost has learned…. some former Klobuchar staffers, all of whom spoke to HuffPost on condition of anonymity, describe Klobuchar as habitually demeaning and prone to bursts of cruelty that make it difficult to work in her office for long.If true, none of this behavior is okay. But as we read these reports we wonder if these employees would have said the same things about a male boss. And even if they did, would it be a dealbreaker for a man? Lyndon B. Johnson was one described by the New York Times as “Ruthless and Crude, but Compassionate.” And the current occupant of the White House will never win the Mr. Congeniality award.
Something else to consider, who are these sources? Are they disgruntled ex-staffers?
Folks, in short order there are now damaging and stereotypical media narratives out there about these Democratic women:— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) February 6, 2019
Anyone sensing a pattern yet? Maybe check with our last nominee.
I’m not buying these @amyklobuchar was mean hit pieces.— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) February 8, 2019
Feel the need to weigh in here bc it’s often said that a woman politician is hard on staff. My experience is that it’s hard to work for a woman in politics – that’s different than the woman being hard on her staff…. https://t.co/FapfRbSYzA— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) February 7, 2019
dear media,— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) February 7, 2019
who gives a flying rat's ass if Amy Klobuchar is rough on staffers. Generalissimo Bone Spurs humiliates and abuses his flunkies in public and on a daily basis and you people treat him like the second coming of every head on Mount Rushmore, for fuck's sake
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I interned for @amyklobuchar in 2014. It was an honor. Amy ran an office that held each of us to the highest standard. It has made me a successful working professional today. Oh, and by the way, she wouldn’t be making headlines if SHE WERE A MAN. #bosslady #klobuchar2020— Paget (@PagetPengelly) February 8, 2019