Vice president’s chief of staff resigns

The Biden administration got another shake-up this week with The Hill reporting that Vice President Kamala Harris’ chief of staff has submitted her resignation. 

According to the website, a White House official confirmed on Thursday that Tina Flournoy will be replaced by Lorraine Voles.

Vice president praises Flournoy

The Hill noted that Voles is “a veteran communications aide” who has worked in the past for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as former Vice President Al Gore.

“Tina has been a valued advisor and confidant to me and tremendous leader for the office,” the vice president was quoted as saying in a statement released on Thursday.

“From day 1, she led our team during a historic first year as we made progress rebuilding our economy here at home and our alliances around the world,” Harris continued.

The vice president went on to add that “Tina is the consummate public servant and I will continue to rely on her advice, counsel, and friendship.”

Meanwhile, President Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain issued a statement of his own in which he praised Flournoy as a “critical member of the White House team since day one.”

Harris’s office is said to be “an abusive environment”

Flournoy is only the latest in a string of departures from Harris’ office and her leaving may contribute to the perception that it is a difficult place to work.

In an article published last year, Politico quoted current and former staff members who gave a damning account of what it is like to work under the vice president.

“People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment,” one anonymous figure was quoted as saying.

“It’s not a healthy environment and people often feel mistreated. It’s not a place where people feel supported but a place where people feel treated like s—,” the source complained.

The piece stated that Flournoy’s management style was a target of criticism, with staffers complaining that “she refuses to take responsibility for delicate issues and blames staffers for the negative results that ensue.”

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