Klobuchar timeline: A life of law and politics led to presidential aspirations

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 10, 2019

Sen. Amy Klobuchar's mistreatment of her office staff began more than a decade ago and eventually caused such concerns that in 2015, then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) spoke to her privately and told her to change her behavior, multiple sources have confirmed to HuffPost. Based on interviews and emails reviewed by BuzzFeed, Klobuchar "demeaned and berated her staff nearly daily, subjecting them to bouts of explosive rage and regular humiliation within the office".

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.

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

During one incident, Klobuchar allegedly threw a binder out of anger, which hit a staffer, but she apparently didn't mean to hit anyone with it.

HuffPost reported earlier this week that at least three people have withdrawn their names from consideration to run Klobuchar's nascent presidential campaign, in part because of her history of mistreating staff.

"I've always been taught that your true character shows in how you treat those with less power than you, especially behind closed doors", they said.

"Senator Klobuchar loves her staff - they are the reason she has gotten to where she is today".

Other staffers claimed she humiliated and tormented them, often exploding with rage at her subordinates and throwing physical tantrums.

"The way Sen. Klobuchar behaves in private with her staff is very different than when she's in the public eye, and that kind of cruelty shouldn't be acceptable for anyone", the staffer said.

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