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Kamala Harris’ Staff In Revolt

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In a story this publication got to before Politico and before FNC, Kamala Harris is beset from all sides. Her staff hates her, the White House holds a grudge from the primaries and thinks she an airhead showpony, and even formerly loyal California media is dropping her like a live grenade.

Why? Because she is inexperienced, unqualified, and has a terror as a chief of staff. This writer has personally spoken to prominent Democrats who despise Harris, hence why we were first with the story. It seems it will only get worse for the embattled veep.

FNC: “As Vice President Kamala Harris contends with intense scrutiny over her handling of the border crisis and other key issues, members of her staff are experiencing low morale and struggling to communicate with top staffers, according to multiple reports on Wednesday. Communication issues and distrust between aides and senior officials on Harris’ team, including her chief of staff Tina Flournoy, have contributed to a ‘tense and at times dour office atmosphere.’ Politico reported, citing interviews with 22 current and former aides.

The issues were apparently exemplified during Harris’ recent trip to the border. Some of Harris’ aides and other Biden administration officials, including those responsible for booking her travel arrangements, were ‘left scrambling’ by her decision earlier this month to travel to El Paso. Much of the criticism was directed at Flournoy, who aides claimed has limited access to Harris and contributed to a culture ‘where ideas are ignored or met with harsh dismissals and decisions are dragged out.’

The situation has left some allies unable to reach Harris for calls both personal and political in nature, according to people familiar with the matter. Harris has faced intense scrutiny from GOP lawmakers regarding her role as the Biden administration’s point person on efforts to address an ongoing immigration crisis. Republicans had slammed the vice president for resisting calls to personally assess the situation at the border.”

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“People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment,” one Harris insider said. “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—.”

Symone Sanders, Harris’ top spox, replied, but in a fake tough guy routine that shows how really bad she thinks she needs to cover up the debacle in the Harris office. “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,’” Sanders told Politico. “We have created a culture where people, if there is anything anyone would like to raise, there are avenues for them to do so. Whoever has something they would like to raise, they should raise it directly.” Uh huh. And get handed their head by various shrews and harpies fluttering about? No way. Disgruntled staff will just what everyone in DC does. Leak it to the press.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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