Five Things to Know About 2020 Democrat Amy Klobuchar
On Sunday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will make an announcement at Boom Island in Minneapolis-St. Paul. She is widely expected to announce that she is running for president. Klobuchar is well-liked in Minnesota and has presented herself as a more middle-class senator.
Senator Klobuchar warned about the dangers Tide Pods pose toward children two years before the Tide Pod Challenge, as National Review's Jim Geraghty noted. Klobuchar also co-sponsored -- along with Democratic 2020 hopefuls Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) -- the shoddy and absurd Green New Deal resolution, along with other.
Klobuchar may not be quite as dangerous as Kamala Harris, but she would still prove a disastrous president.
Without further ado, here are five things to know about this likely candidate.
1. She's hard to work for.
On Wednesday, HuffPost released a devastating expose on the eve of Amy Klobuchar's budding 2020 presidential campaign. At least three potential campaign managers have withdrawn from consideration due to the senator's history of mistreating her staff, HuffPost's Molly Redden and Amanda Terkel reported.
"Some former Klobuchar staffers, all of whom spoke to HuffPost on condition of anonymity, describe Klobuchar as habitually demeaning and prone to bursts of cruelty that make it difficult to work in her office for long," they wrote. The staffers recalled one episode in which the senator proved to be particularly petty. Staffers were running late, and Klobuchar wrote out tardy slips, leaving one staffer in tears.
"She was constantly lighting new fires," a former staffer recalled. "When you have people who don't want to work for you, you can't be as effective."
The Minnesota senator's office has consistently had one of the highest staff turnover rates in the U.S. Senate. That rate ranked number 1 in an analysis of all Senate staff salaries between 2001 and 2016, according to LegiStorm (Klobuchar entered the Senate in 2007). Recently, her office dropped down to third.
2. She wants her Obamacare cake and to eat it, too.
In 2009, Sen. Amy Klobuchar voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare). The bill included a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices such as pacemakers, ultrasounds, ventilators, and artificial hips.
Shortly after voting for the law, Klobuchar and her fellow Minnesota senator, Al Franken, shifted gears. They lobbied to repeal the medical device tax, which was deeply unpopular in their state.
In 2015, she tried to rewrite history after a two-year suspension of the medical device tax went into effect. "I opposed the medical device tax from the start and have led Senate efforts with Sen. [Orrin] Hatch [R-Utah] to repeal it because of its impact on manufacturing and innovation in Minnesota and across our country," Klobuchar said in a statement.