‘Soul-crushing’: Internal turmoil, staff departures seem to plague VP Harris’ office

Vice President Kamala Harris has seen her popularity plummet over the past year, fueled in part by rumors and reports of dysfunction within her office.

Following a string of high-level departures, yet another top staffer announced he would be leaving the Harris team.

“Tremendous leadership and impact”

According to the New York Post, Vincent Evans, the vice president’s deputy director of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs, made his decision official this week.

He will not be leaving politics — or D.C. — upon exiting his current position, however. Reports indicate he is poised to take on a high-level position with the Congressional Black Caucus.

CNBC noted that sources say Evans remains on “great terms” with Harris and that his departure is unrelated to previous resignations by former colleagues.

In a statement to that outlet, he explained: “I am deeply honored to be named the executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus. I started my career in Washington working for a member of the CBC, so I know firsthand the tremendous leadership and impact this caucus has in Congress and across the country.”

Evans initially began working for Harris as her political director during the 2020 campaign and transition period.

“Propping up a bully”

Two days after reports that Evans would be leaving his post, the Daily Mail shared a similar statement from Peter Vels, the vice president’s director of press operations.

His tweets provided plenty of praise for Harris and confirmed that he is set to join a Department of State team tasked with managing meetings involving the Biden administration and foreign officials.

As that report noted, Velz is the seventh top staffer to leave the Harris team since June. In the aftermath of the vice president’s widely panned trip to Central America, two top members of her advance team announced their exits.

Several others, including chief spokesperson Symone Sanders, have since left their high-ranking positions in the office.

Meanwhile, anonymous sources have complained about the work environment in the vice president’s office, including one former staffer cited last month in a Washington Post article. The individual lamented the “soul-crushing” criticism Harris staffers were made to endure while “propping up a bully.”

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