VP Harris hemorrhages staffers, faces ‘bullying’ criticisms

A poll released in November by USA Today and Suffolk University found that Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval rating stood at less than 28%.

However, a new report suggests that it isn’t just members of the public who have issues with Harris, as some members of her own staff allegedly think that she’s “a bully.”


That was made clear in a Washington Post piece last week. It quoted someone who was formerly employed in her office as saying, “It’s clear that you’re not working with somebody who is willing to do the prep and the work.”

The unnamed source reportedly added: “With Kamala you have to put up with a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism and also her own lack of confidence. So you’re constantly sort of propping up a bully and it’s not really clear why.”

While that individual spoke anonymously, Gil Duran was willing to go on the record. Duran was a staffer for Harris during her time as California’s attorney general, and he recalled the frustration her employees shared.

“One of the things we’ve said in our little text groups among each other is what is the common denominator through all this and it’s her,” Duran stated.

“Who are the next talented people you’re going to bring in and burn through and then have (them) pretend they’re retiring for positive reasons,” he added.

Staff exodus continues

In a column for The San Francisco Examiner earlier this month, Duran wrote, “The only people suffering more than Harris are her staff members,” something he attributed to “the toxic office environment” that she creates.

“As a former Harris staffer who quit after five months in 2013, I’m not surprised,” Duran continued. “Still, it’s sad to see her repeat the same old destructive patterns under the harsh gaze of the Washington press corps.”

Duran added: “Those of us personally familiar with Harris’ deficiencies know they cannot be fixed by new staff or pricey consultants. The change has to come from her.”

Business Insider noted that revelations regarding turmoil within Harris’ office are coming at the same time that a number of high-profile figures have submitted their resignations.

These include chief spokesperson and adviser, Symone Sanders; director of press operations Peter Velz; and Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs deputy director Vince Evans.

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