Another member of Vice President Kamala Harris’s staff is moving on.
Fox News reports that Michael Fuchs, Harris’ deputy chief of staff, is scheduled to depart from the vice president’s office in early May.
“The honor of a lifetime”
Fuchs’s departure was announced in an internal staff memo, the contents of which have been reported by Reuters.
“It’s been the honor of a lifetime to serve in this administration, working for the Vice President and President on behalf of the American people,” Fuchs wrote.
“Fifteen months later, it’s almost difficult to recall the magnitude of the challenges we faced when we came in, from an unprecedented pandemic to historically difficult economic circumstances,” he added. “And, it is thanks to the work of this administration – and all of you – that our country has had such success in tackling these challenges and turning things around.”
Jamal Simmons, Harris’ communications director, also released a statement on Fuchs’s departure.
“The Vice President is grateful for Michael’s tireless work, leadership, and the many miles he traveled domestically and internationally as we lifted up families and strengthened relationships with allies abroad,” Simmons said. “Our entire team will miss Michael as he begins this next chapter.”
The specific reason for Fuchs’s departure has not been provided. However, departing from Harris’ office has become somewhat of a trend in recent months. Fuchs, in fact, is now the sixth Harris staffer to leave.
Breitbart News reports that, besides Fuchs, the list includes “Kate Childs Graham, director of speechwriting for Harris; Senior Adviser Symone Sanders; Peter Velz, director of press operations; Vince Evans, deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs; and Communications Director Ashley Etienne.”
We don’t know for sure why any of these individuals called it quits. It is not necessarily unusual for there to be a high turnover rate during the first year of an administration.
But there have been several reports that have suggested Harris’ office might not be the most pleasant place to work. At the time of Sanders’s departure, for example, Politico released a report, writing, “Harris’ office has been beset by disorder, bad press, and, at times, internal frictions.”
It would be hard to believe that this hasn’t factored into the decision-making of any of those staffers who have decided to depart from Harris’ office.