Biden administration officials privately describe VP Kamala Harris' office as a 's---show,' report says

  

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Via:  texan1211  •  4 weeks ago  •  6 comments

By:   gpanetta@businessinsider.com (Grace Panetta) 12 hrs ago (MSN)

Biden administration officials privately describe VP Kamala Harris' office as a 's---show,' report says
Recent reports have detailed chaos and unhappiness in her office. A source told Politico it was "a place where people feel treated like s---."

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© Alex Brandon/AP Vice President Kamala Harris. Alex Brandon/AP

Top White House officials are publicly circling the wagons around Vice President Kamala Harris' operation while privately describing the chaos in her office as a "s---show," Axios reported on Friday.

Long-simmering unhappiness in Harris' office and tensions between her staff and President Joe Biden's boiled over in a recent report from Politico. The outlet spoke with 22 sources, including current and former Harris staffers, who described poor morale and communication breakdowns within the vice president's office.

"People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it's an abusive environment," one source told Politico. "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---."

Some key aides and staffers were left in the dark when it came to the planning of Harris' trip to the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, Politico reported. Two advance staffers also recently departed from Harris' office.

Politico and CNBC also reported on complaints that Harris' chief of staff, the seasoned Democratic power player Tina Flournoy, tightly guarded access to Harris, including not returning calls and outreach attempts from Harris' longtime political allies, friends, and donors.

"We are not making rainbows and bunnies all day. What I hear is that people have hard jobs and I'm like 'welcome to the club,'" Harris' chief spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, told Politico in response, defending Flournoy as having "an open door policy" and calling her anonymous critics "cowards."

In a statement to CNBC, former President Bill Clinton described Flournoy as "an extraordinary person" with "a unique ability to focus on the big picture and adapt to changing conditions." Flournoy was known to closely guard access to Clinton as his chief of staff in his postpresidential life; some Democrats have said that's a necessary aspect of staffing a figure like a president or vice president.

Ron Klain, the White House chief of staff, and Cedric Richmond, a senior advisor, defended Harris and her office's operation to Axios, with Richmond charging that Harris was the victim of "a whisper campaign designed to sabotage her."

The discord in Harris' office described in the reports highlights the sharp divergence between the vice president's office and the nearly leakproof operation that Biden runs.

The reports of dysfunction and of Flournoy's iron grip over Harris' political operation echo some of the breakdowns that befell her 2020 presidential campaign. Axios said it was causing some Democrats to question whether Harris could run a successful presidential campaign in 2024 if Biden, who's 78, decides to retire.

Axios reported that some Democrats within and outside the White House were "increasingly concerned about Harris's handling of high-profile issues and political tone deafness," including her missteps around immigration.

"'Oh, no, our heir apparent is f---ing up, what are we gonna do?' It's more that people think, 'Oh, she's f---ing up, maybe she shouldn't be the heir apparent,'" one Democratic source told Axios.


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Texan1211
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1  seeder  Texan1211    4 weeks ago

The luster appears to be losing its shine for the heir apparent.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Guide
2  Sean Treacy    4 weeks ago

Those dems close to her are sending warning flares about the danger of her leading the party in 2024. 

of course, when you pick people because of the biological boxes they check and not merit, it’s not surprising you end up with a train wreck.

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
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3  XXJefferson51    4 weeks ago

One who didn’t really earn her way seems to have been promoted to incompetence.  Maybe she will sleep it under the covers.  

 
 
 
Gazoo
Sophomore Silent
4  Gazoo    4 weeks ago

The first woman potus is a huge historical moment. It’s a shame that honor will be going to someone like harris once biden steps down because of his mental failings. She didn’t earn it, she doesn’t deserve it. She will not win re-election.

 
 
 
Snuffy
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4.1  Snuffy  replied to  Gazoo @4    4 weeks ago

I'm not so sure she could win an election in the first place. She doesn't have the appeal or charisma that Obama had. And don't forget what her polling numbers where during the 2020 primaries when she dropped out. It would depend on who ran against her during the primaries as well as the general election. The primaries would be interesting, would the DNC back her and prevent other winnable candidates from running or not.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
5  seeder  Texan1211    4 weeks ago

How bad must it really be if someone in the Biden Administration is calling it a shit show?

 
 
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