Politico published a story on Wednesday that painted a very grim picture of the current state of affairs in the office of Vice President, Kamala Harris. This is particularly interesting because it comes from a left-of-center publication, leaving some to wonder how much they may have held back.
22 current and former aides, associates, and administration officials were interviewed. According to Politico, they described “..a tense and at times dour office atmosphere.” One administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Politico,“people are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment… 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—.”
Apparently, several people inside the Harris Administration were “blindsided” by the announcement of her recent trip to El Paso, TX. This chaotic scrambling that ensued is apparently commonplace in the Harris Administration. Individuals who have worked with Harris in the past described the environment as “managed chaos,” adding,“the boss’ expectations won’t always be predictable.”
It seems a lot of the internal animosity is directed at Harris’ chief-of-staff Tina Flournoy, a veteran political operative whose resumé stretches back to the Clinton administration. But many seem to suspect that Flournoy is likely covering for her boss, like any good lieutenant would, creating what was described as, “an insular environment where ideas are ignored or met with harsh dismissals and decisions [that] are dragged out.” It’s also hard to ignore history. Many have forgotten that Kamala Harris has a long history of strained relationships with staffers. Her failed Presidential campaign ended when her staff essentially imploded, bringing the campaign to an abrupt and somewhat unceremonious end.
Sources told Politico that several employees are already seeking other job opportunities. Two have already left; top staffers Karly Satkowiak and Gabrielle DeFranceschi left the administration before the six-month mark. Publicly they claim it was planned and discussed in advance, but Politico confirms that is untrue.
Given several more departures looming on the horizon, this is a story that is likely to stick around for a while. It will interesting to see where it goes.