HuffPost reported earlier this week that at least three people have withdrawn their names from consideration to run Klobuchar's nascent presidential campaign, in part because of her history of mistreating staff.
The left-wing outlet reported that staffers described Klobuchar as "habitually demeaning and prone to bursts of cruelty", although others said that while working for Klobuchar was challenging, it was also rewarding. Some of them even questioned if Klobuchar was subject to "sexist stereotypes" about tough female managers who have high standards.
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Senator Klobuchar loves her staff.
When staffers made mistakes, the emails show, she reamed them out - and sometimes, emails show, threatened to fire them - over threads that included many of their colleagues. Klobuchar, who easily won a third-term previous year, has pointed to her broad appeal across Minnesota as she has discussed a 2020 run.
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But following the HuffPost story, more allegations of a harsh working environment emerged.
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. Minority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) once told her to clean up her act.
The Minnesota senator's former staffers suggest she ran an office "controlled by fear, anger, and shame", BuzzFeed reports.More news: Nintendo Wants to "Boost the Appeal" of Switch Online Subscriptions
"I cried. I cried, like, all the time", one anonymous staffer told BuzzFeed News.
The outlet cites a 2012 campaign memo that includes demands such as "only speak when spoken to at events" and telling staffers that while waiting for her in a dressing area or bedroom they should pick up her dirty laundry and place it in a basket.
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Klobuchar would reportedly blow up about anything from minor grammar mistakes, the use of the word "community" in press releases, or failing to charge her iPad. One staffer, for example, said Klobuchar held a baby shower for her and cooked for her family and friends.