Kamala Harris’ name is back in the headlines and again for all the wrong reasons as the controversy surrounding her declining political career continues to pile up.
More key members working in the VP’s officer are are reportedly “eyeing the exits” after a handful of top staffers came out and quit in recent weeks.
It was announced last week that Harris’ senior adviser Symone Sanders will leave her post by the end of the year, and according to people familiar with conversations on resignations, “key members of Harris’ orbit are leaving and even more are eyeing the exits,” left wing outlet Politico reported Saturday.
Harris’ communications director Ashley Etienne also resigned ahead of Thanksgiving, and two other communication aides are reportedly planning to leave their posts soon.
Fox News contributor Joe Concha called Harris’ office “a sinking ship” following Sanders’ announcement, pointing to her approval ratings. One recent poll shows her approval rating at 28%, while he had a 46% approval upon taking office.
“I guess when your boss’ approval ratings are at 28% and she’s polling even lower on her number one job, the U.S. southern border where migrants continue to flow over, two million passing over this year. I guess I would leave too, because this is a sinking ship,” said Concha Saturday.
For months now, reports have been coming out about the conditions inside Harris’ office – exposing that many feel it’s a toxic environment.
“People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment,” one person with direct knowledge of how Harris’ office is run told Politico back in June.
“It’s not a healthy environment and people often feel mistreated. It’s not a place where people feel supported but a place where people feel treated like s—.”
The White House, meanwhile has attempted to downplay the severity of the situation Harris is in with staffers dropping left and right, with Biden press secretary, Jen Psaki, saying it’s “natural” for staffers to be ready to “move on.”
“Working on a presidential campaign…and working in the first year of a White House is exciting and rewarding, but it is also grueling and exhausting,” Psaki said Thursday. “It’s all of those things at once.”
Democratic allies are meanwhile pushing Harris to embrace the turnover as a reset, Politico reported.
“Every opportunity that you get in politics to renew and repurpose is a good opportunity,” Democratic strategist Donna Brazile told the outlet.
“In every stage of [Harris’] life, there were people she could bring with her and then there were people that she had to pick up along the way because of the new responsibilities. And I think that this is an opportunity like she’s done with throughout her career to find people who are able to take their seats at the table because guess what? There’s something new on the menu.”
Rumors have also circulated that Harris is unhappy with her role in the current administration – meaning she could potentially be fighting a war on two fronts.
Author: Joseph Rigo