Staffers of US Vice President Kamala Harris are leaving their White House positions partly due to the fear of being branded a ‘Harris person’ for life.
According to recent reports, staffers at Vice President Kamala Harris’ office are considering leaving in fear of being branded a “Harris person” when applying for jobs in the future.
As Axios reports, four top Harris advisers – Ashley Etienne, Symone Sanders, Peter Velz, and Vince Evans – plan to leave their positions before the end of the year along with the flailing vice president.
Some of the turnovers are attributing to burnout and the pursuit of better opportunities. Still, another factor was concern about staying on too long in the service of a VP beset by missteps and unflattering headlines.
According to Axios, some Harris aides are eyeing a role in President Biden’s upcoming re-election campaign in 2024, while others want to keep their options open if he does not run for a second term and another Democratic candidate takes his place.
In response to the report, at least one Democratic operative claims that working with Harris wouldn’t hurt their chances of getting hire on future campaigns.
Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that “working in a new White House is exciting, rewarding, but grueling and exhausting.”
It’s natural for people who put their heart and soul into a job to want a change after a while, and that is applicable to many of these individuals,” she said. As with any White House, it’s an opportunity to introduce new faces, new voices, and new perspectives.”
The Reasons for Abandoning Staff
Harris’ management of her staff has been the subject of bad press for months. It was a trend that starts in late June with a Politico article that described the VP’s office as “chaotic”. It says it comes with a “tense and sometimes dour” atmosphere. According to one source, the work environment is “abusive” and employees like scum.
Several days later, Business Insider publishes a report detailing Harris’ management style. They relate it to her time as a San Francisco district attorney.
One former employee recalls that she was “unpredictable and at times demeaning.”
While another recalls her possessing “a sense of paranoia, you never knew when she was going to snap at you.”
As a result of the latest defections. Harris chief of staff Tina Flournoy, a veteran of Democratic politics, is under pressure to turn things around.
Axios quotes a party operative as saying. “If we screw this up, women will be g back for years in terms of running for higher office.”
In the words of a second Democratic strategist, Harris needs “someone loyal, who can think methodically.
So, she can maximize everything she’s doing and ensure it communicates to a broad audience and get her numbers up.”
On November 5, Etienne announces her departure, just days after Harris allies claims she felt sideline at the White House. And she wasn’t getting the same level of support as other officials. They also describe Biden and Harris’ working relationship as an “exhausted stalemate” in the same report.
“It is hard to miss the energy the White House brings to defend a white man. Especially knowing that Kamala Harris has spend almost a year taking hits that the West Wing wasn’t taking on itself.” The aide was referring to the administration’s support for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. During the time when he was taking paternity leave during the global supply chain crisis.
Buttigieg as a Rival
There has been speculation that Buttigieg could challenge Harris for the Democratic nomination in 2024 or 2028. Although Biden and Harris still haven’t make any announcements about their re-election campaigns for 2024.
Thursday, the transportation secretary swatted away those rumors by saying, “It’s 2021.”