Vice President Kamala Harris continues to burn through staff as reports suggest she’s struggling to keep top talent.
Harris’s office has been plagued with turnover and more than a dozen high-profile aids have left. But the problem seems to be, at least according to former staffers, people don’t like working for her.
“Just last year, she saw the exodus of her main domestic policy advisor while her chief speechwriter departed after fewer than four months on the job. It was hardly surprising, given that a year earlier, Politico reported that Kamala Harris’ office was often rife with dissent, and it was even described as being ‘not a healthy environment.’ The problem was so great that even President Joe Biden’s team took notice,” the outlet 1945 reported.
“People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment,” a person with direct knowledge of how Harris’ office is run told Politico in June 2021. “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 Washington Post published a lengthy report detailing turmoil inside Harris’ circle, with staffers describing her management style as horrifyingly bad.
“It’s clear that you’re not working with somebody willing to do the prep and the work,” a former staffer said. “With Kamala, you have to put up with a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism and also her lack of confidence. So you’re constantly sort of propping up a bully, and it’s not clear why.”
This comes as reports are circulating that there is rising tension in the White House between President Joe Biden and Harris as the 2024 presidential election cycle looms.
As noted by the outlet 1945, one of the biggest mounting concerns is Biden’s age and the fact that Harris, should the geriatric president be forced to resign his post or worse, die in office, would succeed him.
She’s not been a popular vice president and in fact, her polling has consistently been worse than Biden’s, even when Biden’s numbers were at historic lows.
“A vote for the Democrats might be for Biden. Then again, it might not be,” is what Republicans want Democratic voters to understand, the outlet noted.
The report added ominously: “After all, President Joe Biden will be 82 if he were to win his reelection. The average lifespan for most American men is 77 years of age.”
The report noted further:
As uncomfortable as it is, Americans need to have the conversation about Biden that no Democrat wants them to have: can the forty-sixth president even make it as president for another four years? As a corollary to that line of questioning comes another important query that voters should be asking: can Kamala Harris be a good president, if something were to happen to Biden?
In a thought-provoking article, Matt Bai at The Washington Post offers a distinctive suggestion for the Biden team—to involve Harris in every major presidential press conference and significant decision, compelling Biden to fully embrace his vice president in a manner he has been hesitant to do so far. The approach aims to demonstrate to voters that they are not only receiving Biden’s leadership but also benefiting from the combined strengths of both Biden and Harris.
The outlet reports that in the early days of his campaign, Biden was faltering and to jump-start it, he agreed to take her on to win the support of Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who is seen as a civil rights icon and key to winning black support.
It’s also important to note that Harris was running for president in 2020 and was so unpopular she was among the first candidates to drop out.