The chief of staff for Vice President Kamala Harris is leaving her job. This is the most recent in a long line of employees that have left the vice-president’s office.
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The announcement that Tina Flournoy, Chief of Staff, was leaving for personal reasons was made on Thursday, The Washington Post reported. “Tina has been a valued advisor and confidant to me and a tremendous leader for the office,” the vice president said.
The New Chief of Staff is Lorraine Voles, who is moving up from within Harris’ team. Voles was previously Vice-President Al Gore’s communications director and also was an advisor to then-senator Hillary Clinton in 2008.
The exodus from Harris’ office has not gone unnoticed.
Conservativebrief.com reported that Harris aides say the departures are routine and unrelated to any internal strife in the vice president’s operation. Some also suggest that she is facing disproportionate — and at times unfair — criticism because of her role as a powerful woman of color…
Still, the high turnover in Harris’s office stands in stark contrast to the West Wing, where Biden’s inner circle has remained in place throughout his presidency — and much of his decades-long career.
Last June, The New York Post reported that, “…a Poltico report describes Harris’ office as ‘chaotic’ with a ‘tense and at times dour atmosphere.” “People are thrown under the bus from the very top; there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment,” the report cited.
In early December, the Washington Post published a lengthy report and quoted several current and former staffers who were frustrated with her.
“It’s clear that you’re not working with somebody who is 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 own lack of confidence. So you constantly sort of propping up a bully and it’s not really clear why.”
Flournoy’s departure is likely to revive career-long questions about Harris’s management style and the high frequency of staff turnover in her offices and on her campaigns. The move comes at a critical moment since the upcoming midterm elections — especially if Democrats suffer losses as expected — could clarify whether President Biden will seek reelection and prompt renewed attention on Harris as an alternative.
Harris aides say the departures are routine and unrelated to any internal strife in the vice president’s operation. Some also suggest that she is facing disproportionate — and at times unfair — criticism because of her role as a powerful woman of color…
Still, the high turnover in Harris’s office stands in stark contrast to the West Wing, where Biden’s inner circle has remained in place throughout his presidency — and much of his decades-long career added Conservative Brief.
In February, VP’s chief speechwriter, Kate Childs Graham, put in her resignation.
One source told Fox News: “Kate is leaving the office, but not the family. The vice president is grateful for her service to the administration.” “We are excited for her next step,” the source added.
In March, Sabrina Singh, Harris’ deputy press secretary, called it quits with Harris to take a job at the Pentagon.
Her leaving marked the “latest high-profile departure from the vice president’s office, which suffered a turbulent first year due to missteps and messaging failures,” noted CNN, adding: “She will join the Department of Defense.”
“Ernesto Apreza, Harris’ senior adviser for public engagement, will become deputy press secretary and is expected to focus on engaging local and state press, as well as specific key coalition groups. Apreza previously served on the Biden-Harris campaign, as well as on the then-mayor of Seattle’s staff,” the report continued, “who was a senior speechwriter in the Obama administration,” conservativebrief.com reported.
Weeks ago, Harris’ deputy chief of staff Michael Fuchs announced that he will be leaving next month, the Washington Examiner reported.
The outlet noted that “Fuchs — a senior State Department official under former President Barack Obama, foreign policy adviser to former President Bill Clinton, and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress before joining the Biden administration last year — advised Harris on a range of domestic and international issues since taking office.”
In an internal staff memo, Fuchs wrote that he plans to leave by early May, according to Reuters, which was sent a copy of the communique.
He offered praise for the Biden administration generally and added that he’ll reveal his future plans at a later date.
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Harris’s office did not respond to a request for comment from the Examiner.
CNN reported that in December, Harris was responding to questions about Sanders leaving and said,” I love Symone, and can’t wait to see what she will do next,” but when the next question was about the number of staff leaving, Harris answered,” Well, I’ve told you haw I feel about Symone. Next question.”