The Biden-Harris administration is hemorrhaging its most valuable staffers amidst a breakdown in relations, increased White House tension, and a failure to resonate with the American people.
Despite that key fact, the dynamic duo are doubling down, hammering down on federal overreach, and losing their most valuable players as a result.
The top adviser and chief spokeswoman for Vice President Kamala Harris, Symone Sanders, is set to resign from her position by the end of the year. She is one of several top aides to leave the office less than a year into the Biden administration.
Word of Sanders’s exit comes amid reports of turmoil between the West Wing, Harris’s office, and some of the vice president’s advisers.
Peter Velz, the vice president’s director of press operations, is also leaving Harris’s office “in the coming weeks,” along with Vince Evans, deputy director of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs, according to the Washington Post.
Harris’s communications director, Ashley Etienne, a former top adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Obama administration official, resigned in November, while several advance staffers headed for the exit over the summer. A CNN report last month said Harris’s chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, had struggled to recruit new talent.
Few of Harris’s presidential campaign staff followed her to the White House, likewise from her Senate office to the campaign, and before that, from her California Attorney General’s office to Washington. Former advisers have said that Harris is tough on her staff.
One former Harris adviser who remains close to the vice president revealed Sanders’s departure was “not the least bit surprising” and cited her prominent public profile.
Sanders is well regarded by Democratic operatives. One former Harris presidential campaign staffer praised her as a “f***ing genius” communications adviser.
A prominent Democratic campaign operative before joining Harris’s team, Sanders advised Biden and served as a cable television surrogate for the now-president during the 2020 campaign. She was a rumored prospect for White House press secretary before the role went to Jen Psaki. Earlier, Sanders was the national press secretary for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the race to lead the 2016 Democratic Party ticket.
As Harris, Biden, and the whole of the Democrat Party look toward ’22 and ’24 there’s no mistaking the obvious panic setting in.
With key staffers gone and dwindling poll numbers, it will be a miracle if Democrats want to make any improvement with the American people, especially during the holidays, where they will be slapped with skyrocketing consumer prices.
Author: Asa McCue