Amy Klobuchar Reportedly Threw a Binder at Staffer During Fit of Rage

Elias Hubbard
February 10, 2019

Klobuchar is expected to announce her 2020 run in Minneapolis on Sunday.

But 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 hard to work in her office for long.

In the HuffPost report, staffers alleged that Klobuchar, who was first elected in 2006, was "habitually demeaning and prone to bursts of cruelty".

A campaign spokesperson rebuked the accusations, telling BuzzFeed News that Klobuchar "loves her staff".

Klobuchar's emails to staffers reveal the nature of her complaints with staff.

After reviewing emails and interviewing eight former staffers, the outlet found that the Minnesota Democrat viciously tore into her staff over minor mistakes and even threatened to fire them. Klobuchar, who easily won a third-term a year ago, has pointed to her broad appeal across Minnesota as she has discussed a 2020 run.

But following the HuffPost story, more allegations of a harsh working environment emerged.

Amy Klobuchar Reportedly Threw a Binder at Staffer During Fit of Rage
Amy Klobuchar Reportedly Threw a Binder at Staffer During Fit of Rage

Several staffers said employees were frequently left crying due to Klobuchar's anger, which involved yelling, throwing papers, and, in one case, accidentally hitting an employee with a binder.

"I cried. I cried, like, all the time", one anonymous staffer told BuzzFeed News.

In its story, the Huffington Post reported some staff liked the "challenge" of working with Klobuchar and "question whether former co-workers who thought she was abusive were falling for sexist stereotypes about female leaders with high standards". She also credited them with helping her become successful.

A second former staffer said they'd "worked for other tough bosses" but suggested it was different with Klobuchar.

The allegations of mistreatment were reportedly well known to other senators as well.

Nonetheless, her Senate office has "one of the highest rates of staff turnover, according to the LegiStorm database, which showed "Klobuchar's rate of turnover ranked No. 1 in an analysis of all Senate staff salaries between 2001 and 2016". A Reid spokesman told the outlet that he didn't remember if he had such a discussion, and instead described her as "one of the most brilliant, hard-working members of the Senate".

According to HuffPost, a former aide to then-Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said that a terrified Klobuchar staffer came up to them to explain Klobuchar's lateness to an event: "I'm supposed to tell you.Senator Klobuchar is late today because I am bad at my job".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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