"They say I can be a real son of a bitch. They say I can be nasty"
This is typical enough. Ralph Nader and Michael Moore both generated plenty of horror stories from the people who worked for them. Working for lefties is a miserable experience.
Though Sanders has spent much of his life fighting for working Vermonters, they say he mistreats the people working for him.
"As a supervisor, he was unbelievably abusive," says one former campaign staffer, who claims to have endured frequent verbal assaults. The double standard was clear: "He did things that, if he found out that another supervisor was doing in a workplace, he would go after them. You can't treat employees that way."
Do as I say, not as I do is typical on the left. Bernie Sanders cares about working people the way Ted Kennedy cared about women. And here's what it was like working for Bernie.
Criticism of Sanders' leadership abilities is nothing new. Steve Rosenfeld, a former Vermont journalist who served as Sanders' press secretary during his 1990 House campaign, wrote a book about his first successful statewide bid. In Making History in Vermont, Rosenfeld levels a tough assessment at his former boss, who passed him over for a congressional job at the campaign's end.
"At his best, Sanders is a skilled reader and manipulator of people and events," Rosenfeld wrote. "At his worst, he falls prey to his own emotions, is unable to practice what he preaches (though he would believe otherwise) and exudes a contempt for those he derides, including his staff."
Rosenfeld quotes Sanders himself in the book as saying, "Some people say I am very hard to work with. They say I can be a real son of a bitch. They say I can be nasty, I don't know how to get along with people. Well, maybe there's some truth to it."
FACT CHECK: Mostly True. Also working for Bernie Sanders was a lot like working for a crazy celebrity.
Even outside his staff, Sanders is well known in Vermont as a serious micromanager. Stories are legion of his calls to campaign aides en route to events to harangue them about the number of hot dogs and buns they'd bought.
According to Sanders' former Senate staffer, his tendency to micromanage often hobbled the office's work.
"Everything was done at the last second," that person said. "He made all the decisions."
Clearly the guy you want running the country.