A longtime aide to President Biden is leaving his administration, bringing yet another public relations headache for the faltering president.
Communications director Kate Bedingfield is quitting in late July, ABC News reported.
Top Biden communications aide leaving
Bedingfield has worked for Biden in various roles since he was vice president in the Obama administration.
Her departure is a stunning turnabout that comes at a moment of political peril for Biden, who is deep underwater in the polls, and the Democratic party. With the economy in rough shape, Democrats are widely expected to lose control of one or both houses of Congress in the midterm elections.
If that happens, Biden will effectively become a lame-duck president. Democrats and their media allies have already begun questioning Biden’s fitness for office ahead of the 2024 election.
Officials said that Bedingfield is leaving to spend more time with family, but she will continue to support the administration — from a safe distance outside the White House.
“She will continue to remain a critical player in moving the Biden agenda forward from the outside,” White House chief of staff Ron Klain said.
Biden getting desperate
Biden’s messaging has grown increasingly desperate and divisive ahead of the election, with Biden recently blaming gas station owners for high gas prices.
Still, the White House credited Bedingfield with helping to actualize many of Biden’s “achievements.”
“Without Kate Bedingfield’s talent and tenacity, Donald Trump might still be in the White House, the Rescue Plan and the Infrastructure Law might still be unrealized goals, and Ketanji Brown Jackson might not be sitting on the Supreme Court,” Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, said in a statement.
“She has played a huge role in everything the President has achieved – from his second term as Vice President, through the campaign, and since coming to the White House,” Klain said.
Biden’s formidable propagandist, Jen Psaki, quit in May for a sinecure at MSNBC after serving up the administration’s talking points for more than a year.