Vice President Kamala Harris has been dogged for months by rumors of turmoil within her office as staffers have announced their exits in droves.
Now, yet another top aide to the VP is leaving their gig at the Biden White House.
According to Fox News, Vincent Evans, who has served as Harris’ deputy director of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs since she took office as vice president, is jumping ship to take a job on Capitol Hill.
Evans previously served as political director for Harris after she was named the Democrats’ vice presidential candidate in 2020, as well as during the transition period after the election.
Off to Capitol Hill
According to CNBC, Evans is leaving Harris’ office to fill a top staff role with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
“I am deeply honored to be named the executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus,” Evans told CNBC in a statement. “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.”
Despite rumors of a contentious atmosphere in the VP’s office, Evans is said to have had a good personal relationship with Harris and is reportedly leaving his job on “great” terms.
Staffers “eyeing the exits”
Still, just two days after Evans announced his departure, a report from the Daily Mail revealed yet another unexpected exit from Harris’ team: The vice president’s press director, Peter Velz, said on Twitter that he’d be transitioning to the State Department to join the Protocol team, which helps manage and support the president and vice president during meetings with foreign leaders.
According to the Daily Mail, the move makes Velz the seventh high-level staffer to leave Harris’ roster since June, when two top members of the vice president’s advance team — former director Karly Satkowiak and deputy director Gabrielle DeFranceschi — left their posts following Harris’ botched trip to Central America amid a crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border.
In July, Harris lost her director of digital strategies, Rajan Kaur. Months later, communications director Ashley Etienne said her goodbyes, and Harris’ chief spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, left the VP’s office in December, the Daily Mail reported.
It all only bolsters claims made in a Politico report published last month that asserted “key members of Harris’ orbit are leaving and even more are eyeing the exits.”
“[B]ehind the scenes, advisers have spent weeks researching possible replacements for important posts and feeling out others who passed on roles in the office earlier this year, to see if they would be more amenable to joining in a second round,” Politico reported Dec. 4. “Harris sidestepped questions about the staff turnover and potential for a reset when asked […] and her office declined to comment for this story.”