Report: Toxic work environment stretches back through Kamala Harris’ career

Late last month, Politico published a report with allegations that Vice President Kamala Harris has maintained a toxic environment in her office.

The damning claims haven’t gone away, and according to a report published by the Washington Examiner this week, they aren’t new, as Harris apparently has a history of running a less-than-healthy work environment, as a number of her former staffers have indicated.  

The report came in the wake of the sudden departure of two of Harris’ senior staffers who managed the vice president’s advance travel plans and logistics.

“Dour office atmosphere”

As the Examiner noted, White House correspondent Katherine Doyle stated on Monday that stories of Harris’ bad behavior stretch back throughout her career.

“Look, this is a bottom-line business,” Doyle quoted an unnamed senior Democratic operative as saying. “And the bottom line is the vice president has challenges with staff wherever she is.”

The Politico piece from June cited interviews with 22 current and former staff members who spoke of “a tense and at times dour office atmosphere.”

The unnamed sources complained that Harris “refuses to take responsibility for delicate issues and blames staffers for the negative results that ensue.”

Interns “in tears”

More revelations describing the work environment under Harris came in a report from a Business Insider piece last week. The claims were reportedly from long-time communications professor Barbara O’Connor, who teaches at California State University, Sacramento.

O’Connor told the publication that at least 20 office interns came to her in tears over how they were treated while working in Harris’ office.

The article also detailed a strange fixation that Harris reportedly has with regard to the ink pens that she likes, with one staffer recalling how office workers were sent out to find a Pilot Precise V7 Roller Ball if one was not available for her.

Also of concern are expensive settlements that were paid out to employees, which were sometimes accompanied by a non-disclosure agreement.

Still, some are doubtful that the allegations currently surrounding Harris will have much of an impact should she run in 2024, including author and presidential historian David Greenberg, who said “Nothing in the news now will matter in 2024,” while suggesting Harris has plenty of time to overcome the bad press.

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