High turnover among Democrats leading to concerns of 'bad boss'

 February 12, 2023

A number of Democrats are being accused of "bad boss" practices following Rep. Nanette Barragan (D-CA) being questioned over high turnover in the Hispanic Congressional Caucus as part of a concern among Democrats.

The group's members are coordinating a virtual meeting to consider removing Barragan from her role, according to a new report.

The situation

"The previously unreported news of the meeting comes just one day after Barragán (D-Calif.) fired the group’s executive director, Jacky Usyk, a little over a month into the job. Usyk was fired via an email for 'insubordination,'" Politico reported.

“'This is a disaster,' said one Democratic chief of staff for a Hispanic Caucus member, granted anonymity to discuss the group’s internal discussions — as were several others who spoke for this story," according to the outlet.

Not alone

"Other Democrats have faced allegations of being a "bad boss," including Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), who faced a series of negative headlines in 2021 after staffers reported a 'demoralizing' environment in the Arizona senator's office," the Washington Examiner reported.

"Several of her staffers have complained in previous years about dealing with massive staff turnover as well as a flood of angry phone calls from constituents, according to reporting from the Daily Beast in 2021," it added.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has also faced accusations of a hostile working environment.

"I'm incredibly proud of the work our staff has done, and I would not be here without amazing staff," she said in March 2019. "I know I can be tough, I know I can push people too hard, and I also know I can do better — and I will."

The Washington Examiner noted that House Democrats have an 11% higher turnover rate than Republicans.

The report also comes ahead of President Joe Biden's expected plans to announce his campaign for reelection in 2024. If so, mobilizing a high-turnover workforce will be among his party's issues to overcome in order to achieve a victory.

Democrats will also face strong efforts from Republicans in Congress as the party seeks to hold power in the House and seeks to win the majority from Democrats in the closely-contested Senate.

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