President Joe Biden continues to be weighed down by abysmal poll numbers, with a survey published this week by Civiqs putting his approval rating at just 32%.
That isn’t his only problem, however, as a new report suggests that he is also facing a staff “exodus” that could leave the White House scrambling.
According to The Washington Times, there has been a “spate of resignations” among high-level administration aides that has left remaining staff members feeling “frustrated.”
Jimmy Keady is a Republican strategist, and he told the paper that part of the problem lies in members of the administration wanting to make their exit before what looks to be an impending Republican takeover on Capitol Hill.
“It’s a mass exodus before midterms,” Keady was quoted as saying. “Someone will be to blame and it’s not going to be Joe Biden‘s terrible policies.”
“Heads will roll after the midterms and in politics, responsibility runs downhill,” the GOP operative went on to predict, adding, “No one wants to be holding the bag at the end.”
However, Democrats contend that such assessments are overblown and argue that some amount of turnover is to be expected at this point in a presidential administration.
Among them is Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright, who told the paper that recent resignations have little to do with how House Democrats might perform at the polls this fall.
Instead, he argued that staff members who wish to move generally do so at the beginning of summer so as not to disrupt their children’s schooling.
“It is very normal for people to transition out of an administration and we’ve seen that historically in every administration,” he said. “People come in, get things set up, and then move on to either the private sector or another role in government.”
One of those who will be departing soon is White House Counsel Dana Remus. The Hill reported last week that Remus is set to leave next month.
The website added that Remus will be replaced by her former deputy Stuart Delery, someone who “has advised on issues like the COVID-19 response and the American Rescue Plan.”