Booker Campaign Criticized For Treatment Of Staffers

STATE – Cory Booker’s Senate campaign is showing disrespect and a lack of appreciation for its field staff members who are trying to implement an unclear field plan that isn’t working, according to an email from one of the campaign’s regional field directors to senior campaign staff members that was obtained and published by this week.

“We have to see and feel like we’re respected, trusted, appreciated and not taken for granted by our leaders,” the regional field director wrote. “We came for Cory, show us that you want us to stay,” he challenged.

In one of the most glaring signs of disrespect, the campaign allegedly failed to follow through with promises of housing for supporters.

“HQ doesn’t seem to appreciate that the majority of the staff has made incredible sacrifices—financial and otherwise—to get here in the time frame they requested motivated partly by the promise of safe and reliable supporter housing,” he wrote. “Obviously this was not the case, then after less than a week, HQ essentially told the staff ‘well we tried, it didn’t work out, you get paid, so figure it out.’”

The regional field director also criticized the campaign for setting unrealistic goals. “We feel like we’re sprinting in the dark. Why are we finding out goals the night before we’re expected to meet them?” he wrote. “We feel like we’re being set up to fail. Nobody wants to work 120 hours a week to get 40% to goal.”

Regarding the field plan, he wrote, “we’re not confident we know what it is.”

“[I]nstead of recognizing the plan’s shortcomings and adjusting accordingly, HQ has decided to try and force it through, which has lead [sic] to unattainable goals, especially considering the staff’s time on the ground and the volunteer capacity we have at this point,” he added.

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