Senator Amy Klobuchar defended her work ethic following allegations by her staff who claimed that she is difficult, demanding and even abusive, The Hill reported.
Klobuchar said that is it true that she is a “tough boss” but that she is fair, nonetheless.
“I love my staff,” Klobuchar claimed. “I have had the same people work for me for years.”
The senator recapped her previous experience with large staff management, both as an attorney as well as a senator, and she highlighted that she had been part of many successes.
“I have had a long career of managing people, going back to the private sector,” Klobuchar said.
After leaving the private sector, the now-senator managed the county attorney’s office in Minnesota, where Klobuchar said there was “very low turnover.”
“Am I a tough boss sometimes? Yes. Do I ask too much of my staff sometimes? Yes.”
Klobuchar said that she has high expectations for her work and for America that she strives for.
“I ask my staff to meet those same expectations,” she explained.
That explanation mirrors the one she gave earlier this month after reports that the Minnesota Democrat has mistreated her staff for years.
HuffPost reported that three potential candidates to lead Klobuchar’s presidential campaign staff declined the job due to concerns about staff treatment.
Several of Klobuchar’s staff came to her defense when those reports emerged.
Kali Cruz, who worked in Klobuchar’s office during her first Senate term, said that the senator “cared deeply for me as her staffer.”
An unnamed campaign spokesperson also told BuzzFeed News that Klobuchar “loves her staff — they are the reason she has gotten to where she is today.”