Anyone in Minnesota politics who has been involved on the DFL side has heard the knocks on US Senator Amy Klobuchar’s (DFL-MN) high expectations regarding staff. The article in the HuffingtonPost is not new information, nor much of a surprise. In the article, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s Mistreatment Of Staff Scared Off Candidates To Manage Her Presidential Bid former staffers pull out their knives attempt to hamstring Klobuchar as unnamed anonymous sources. If they had the courage to be named it is likely they would either still have their job or a job with someone else, but it’s likely they’re unable to find a job that meets their diminished capacity.
It has long been known she has had large staff turnover which is partially from though unable to meet the rigorous demands and standards set in her office and lack of assimilation into the particular office culture. Though we will point out the rub shouldn’t really be directed at the member, it is the senior staff, i.e. Chief of Staff, Legislative Director, Press Secretary that have the greater determination on what occurs in a member’s office.
In the LegiStorm ratings for Worst Bosses Klobuchar comes in third. https://www.legistorm.com/turnover/worst_bosses.html
We have heard Klobuchar referred to as Amy Me Me many times and since the role of staff is to support the member it is not a surprise when you are one of 100 for someone to get an elevated importance of themselves.
The main problem for Klobuchar is she hasn’t been mindful of how to cultivate goodwill over the course of time. Her campaigns have spent large amounts of money on advertising with broadcast media and other traditional means to increase her statewide and nationwide profile, but little if any at all when it comes to actual areas of influence.
We have followed Klobuchar’s career for years. In fact, here is something longtime readers may remember. We found ourselves caught in our first potential lawsuit when we ran a story criticizing the actions of her opponent’s campaign for a violation of the “Twinkie Law.” We witnessed a supporter of Sheryl Ramstad Voss offering a piece of candy after the Uptown Art Festival Parade to a voter. This is something we know Klobuchar herself remembers.
As people in politics are on the rise, they need to be mindful of the people they pass on the way and make sure they are thought of in a favorable manner. The people they collect (supporters and staff) along the way come to them for a number of reasons, but often they also come seeking something for themselves. It is incumbent for the politician to reward their friends and supporters well so that the keep a favorable impression and don’t later leave and waggle their tongues disparagingly. This is an investment in the future and staff play an essential role for a member, both insulating them from outside factors while also helping shape the image and impressions of the same.
In politics, a little bit goes a long way and where a campaign invests its money is significant when one is looking for a long-term pay-off.