Breitbart News reports that yet another one of Kamala Harris’s top aides is departing from the vice president’s office.
This time, it is Michael Collins, Harris’s director of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs. Collins announced his decision in a recent letter that he wrote to his fellow staff members.
“It has been a difficult decision, but I’ve decided to leave this amazing experience in the middle of August and transition to the next stage of my life,” Collins wrote. “I’m so grateful to the Vice President for trusting me with this privilege and was honored to support the President’s and Vice President’s tireless, committed and historic work.”
Collins’ resignation comes after he served 16 months in the Biden administration.
High turnover rate
It is getting to the point where there have been too many departures from Harris’s office to keep track of.
The vice president’s office has seen a tremendous turnover rate over the past two years. The departures have included many of Harris’s top aides, including her chief of staff, her deputy press secretary, her communications director, and many others.
Just recently, Rohini Kosoglu, Harris’s domestic policy adviser, called it quits. This was particularly surprising given the fact that Kosoglu had been with Harris since 2017. Kosoglu claimed in her resignation letter that she decided to move on in order to spend more time with her family.
At least Kosoglu attempted to give a reasonable explanation for her decision to leave. Many of the others who have departed have given vague statements more similar to Collins, which didn’t explain a whole lot about his decision to leave.
What’s really going on?
There has been a lot of speculation about the cause of this high turnover rate in Harris’s office.
Harris and the White House have claimed that this is just the normal turnover that occurs during an administration. This explanation, however, has been challenged by multiple reports that there is dysfunction in Harris’s office. Many believe that it is this office turmoil that is really driving the high turnover rate.
Let’s also not forget the fact that Harris hasn’t exactly been a roaring success during her time as vice president. Who wants to stay aboard a sinking ship?
Admittedly, we don’t know the real reason why so many individuals have been leaving Harris. But, it certainly isn’t a good look for the vice president: it suggests anything but success.