Kamala Harris is having staffing issues, to put it mildly. People are leaving her office quicker than rats from a sinking ship. A report by Politico details the unsurprisingly hostile atmosphere within Harris’ office.
The allegations of a toxic work environment started long before being elevated to vice president, but this particular instance evolved over the crisis at the Southern Border.
The report states that her staff was “blindsided” by the VP’s announcement that she would be traveling to the border. “For days, aides and outside allies had been calling and texting with each other about the political fallout that a potential trip would entail,” Politico wrote. “But when it became known that she was going to El Paso, it left many scrambling, including officials who were responsible for making travel arrangements and others outside the VP’s office charged with crafting the messaging across the administration.”
Conservatives have had a blast connecting President Trump’s visit to the border with the VP’s decision to visit El Paso. It became clear to conservatives what was going on. In press conferences and interviews, Harris repeatedly implied that visiting the border was not a top priority for this administration. Many believe that Biden/Harris are to blame for the crisis in the first place. Her purposeful inactivity added to the narrative that her visit was a response to Trump’s acceptance of Abbott’s invitation.
The report says that “22 current and former vice president aides, administration officials and associates of Harris and Biden described a tense and at times dour office atmosphere.”
The grim environment is reportedly being blamed on Harris’ chief of staff, Tina Flournoy. Flournoy is a “veteran” in the D.C. swamp and reportedly has “created an insular environment where ideas are ignored or met with harsh dismissals and decisions are dragged out.”
But the report states, the complaints don’t rest on Flournoy’s feet alone. Two administration officials told Politico that the rotten culture “all starts at the top.”
“People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses, and it’s an abusive environment,” one official detailed to Politico. “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***.”
Harris’ senior advisor and chief spokesperson, Symone Sanders, defended Flournoy claiming that “Black women like me would not have the opportunity to work in politics without Tina.” Sanders called the anonymous administration officials “cowards” for hiding their identity while torching Harris’ office and quipped, “Whoever has something they would like to raise, they should raise it directly.”
“We are not making rainbows and bunnies all day. What I hear is that people have hard jobs and I’m like, “welcome to the club,’ “Sanders remarked.
But this isn’t the first instance of ‘toxic environment’ allegations seeping out of Harris’ failed Presidential run. In 2019 when her then-chief of staff, Kelly Mechlenbacher, resigned, she left behind a letter alleging that Harris was not “for the people” but instead for herself.
She called instances where campaign staff was hired and asked to relocate only to be fired after relocating “unacceptable.” Mechlenbacher wrote, “This is my third presidential campaign, and I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly.”
In her letter, Mechlenbacher laments the reality that Harris’ office leadership is ineffective to the point that team members feel safer running to the media to air their grievances than go up the chain of command. A similar struggle it seems Harris’ current office leadership is also struggling to overcome.
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