Top Harris staffer exits administration to take job on Capitol Hill

Amid plummeting poll numbers and rumors of a dysfunctional work environment, Vice President Kamala Harris continues to receive resignations from various top staffers.

According to recent reports, her deputy director of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs is among the latest to announce his exodus from her team.

A series of high-profile exits

Vince Evans, who previously served as a political director for President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign, announced that he would be taking on a leading role with the Congressional Black Caucus.

Although his announcement did not indicate any rift with Harris or his colleagues, the Washington Examiner noted that it was just one in a series of high-profile resignations in recent months.

As Politico reported last month, senior aide Symone Sanders confirmed that she would be stepping down by the end of 2021. Before that, Ashley Etienne announced that she would be stepping down as communications director for the vice president.

Months earlier, Newsweek reported that two senior staffers tasked with planning official trips for Harris were headed for the exit in the aftermath of her widely panned visit to Central America.

Pressed in November on her performance thus far in office, Harris said: “I’m very, very excited about the work that we have accomplished. But I am also absolutely, absolutely clear-eyed that there is a lot more to do, and we’re going to get it done.”

“A constant amount of soul-destroying criticism”

Although not directly related, reports of internal complaints among Harris’ staffers might provide some insight into why she seems to have a tough time hanging on to top advisers.

One Washington Post article cited the dysfunctional environment described by anonymous staffers, one of whom said: “It’s clear that you’re not working with somebody who is willing to do the prep and the work.”

The source went on to assert that anyone working for Harris has “to put up with a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism and also her own lack of confidence.”

The scathing rebuke concluded with a depiction of the vice president’s underlings “sort of propping up a bully and it’s not really clear why.”

In addition to internal criticism, Harris also faces widespread unpopularity among American voters. RealClearPolitics recently reported that her average approval rating is below 40% and two recent surveys put her favorability rating at 34% and 35% respectively.

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