According to a new report from Axios, the recent exodus of staffers from Vice President Kamala Harris’ office has been driven by “Concern about being permanently branded a ‘Harris person.’”
“There’s been an inordinate amount of disarray — and, now, turnover — throughout her tenure. Her allies say she has a terrific chance to reset and downplay the early stumbles. But top Biden officials privately roll their eyes at her team, and want to see smoother, more effective leadership,” Axios reported.
The outlet explained that many of Harris’ staffers “don’t want to be aligned with Harris” if a different Democrat decides to run for president in 2024.
According to Axios, a “Democratic operative close to the vice president’s office, also requesting anonymity to speak freely, said the departures add pressure to Harris’ chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, to avoid an internal collapse and external criticism.”
Last month, CNN released a report titled, “Exasperation and dysfunction: Inside Kamala Harris’ frustrating start as vice president.” Citing dozens of Harris’ staffers, the report detailed the issues in the vice president’s office.
“But, with many sources speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the situation more frankly, they all tell roughly the same story: Harris’ staff has repeatedly failed her and left her exposed, and family members have often had an informal say within her office. Even some who have been asked for advice lament Harris’ overly cautious tendencies and staff problems, which have been a feature of every office she’s held, from San Francisco district attorney to U.S. Senate,” the report said.
As Politico explained, “Harris’ office has been beset by disorder, bad press, and, at times, internal frictions. … In recent weeks, chatter has grown increasingly loud that Harris wasn’t positioned well to be Biden’s heir apparent in 2028 or, if he opts not to run again, in 2024.”