The New York Times provided a new exposé Friday about allegations that Democratic presidential contender Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is cruel to her staff — and it includes a somewhat groteqsue episode involving a comb.
The Times‘ Matt Flegenheimer and Sydney Ember write:
Senator Amy Klobuchar was hungry, forkless and losing patience.
An aide, joining her on a trip to South Carolina in 2008, had procured a salad for his boss while hauling their bags through an airport terminal. But once onboard, he delivered the grim news: He had fumbled the plastic eating utensils before reaching the gate, and the crew did not have any forks on such a short flight.
What happened next was typical: Ms. Klobuchar berated her aide instantly for the slip-up. What happened after that was not: She pulled a comb from her bag and began eating the salad with it, according to four people familiar with the episode.
Then she handed the comb to her staff member with a directive: Clean it.
The authors note that Klobuchar has herself told a version of the story, albeit “an abridged version.”
The Times story is only the latest in a series of media reports documenting Klobuchar’s controversial treatment of her Senate aides, leading to a rapid rate of turnover among staff, as Breitbart News has reported.
Klobuchar addressed questions about her management style at a CNN town hall earlier this month: “Am I a tough boss sometimes? Yes. Have I pushed people too hard? Yes. But I have kept expectations for myself that are very high. I’ve asked my staff to meet those same expectations, and that — the big point for me is I want the country to meet high expectations, because we don’t have that going now,” she said.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.