Top White House aide's departure signals move from policy-making to campaigning

 March 16, 2024

Chief of Staff for the Office of Legislative Affairs Alex Haskell exited the White House on Friday in a long-planned move that signals a shift from policy-making to campaigning as the administration's top priority, according to Politico.

Haskell may have been the longest-serving chief of staff currently serving in the White House; he joined the administration soon after Biden took office and after vetting various presidential nominations including Ketanji Brown-Jackson's nomination to the Supreme Court, he took on his current position in May 2022.

During Haskell's tenure, Congress passed and the president signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act, the CHIPS & Science Act, the PACT Act, and a number of other government funding bills.

Haskell worked closely with director of legislative affairs Shuwanza Goff, who said she “relied on his advice and knowledge every single day.”

"Nerve center"

Former director Louisa Terrell said he was the “proverbial nerve center” of the office who excelled in finding “innovative” ways to advance the Biden agenda in a divided Congress.

“When one option seemed doomed,” Terrell said, “Alex was there with two other ways to get the job done.”

Haskell graduated from George Washington University  Law School in Washington, D.C., in 2011. He spent some time in private practice and worked on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2016.

Politico reported that he plans to move to New York, where his husband lives. He plans to help work on the re-election campaign from there.

His replacement will be Garrett Lamm, who is currently the White House director of correspondence.


Given that Republicans are still shaking their heads about how Biden managed to get some of the things passed that he did, Haskell's departure will be a great loss for the Biden administration.

Hopefully, the shift to campaign mode means that Biden's policies will not move forward much until November, when he has a pretty good chance of being defeated at the ballot box, barring any Democrat shenanigans.

The country has had about as much of Biden's policies as it can take; it needs a breather from any further damage from massive inflation and allowing 10 million illegal immigrants to land on U.S. soil and stay there.

Given the mental decline we have already seen from Biden, he may have a very difficult time getting voters to sign on for another four years of his leadership.

Democrats will pull out every dirty trick in the book, but it may not be enough for a president whose approval ratings are even lower than Jimmy Carter's were in 1979.

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