Vice President Kamala Harris’s communications director will go away his submit subsequent month after only a yr on the job, the most recent in a sequence of high-level departures from her workplace.
Jamal Simmons, a veteran Democratic aide who beforehand labored for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential marketing campaign and extra not too long ago as a contributor to CBS Information and The Hill, joined the veep’s workforce in January to switch Ashley Etienne, who departed in November of final yr to pursue “different alternatives.”
“Working for Vice President Harris has been an honor and a privilege,” Simmons informed Politico. “I’m so grateful for the arrogance she put in me and I’ll miss this unbelievable workforce greater than something.”
An e-mail obtained by the Hill from Harris’s chief of workers, Lorraine Voles, stated that Simmons’s spouse accepted a place in New York and their household will transfer there “within the close to future.”
“Due to his deep respect for the Vice President, he agreed to return on board for a yr,” Voles’s e-mail added, in accordance with the Hill.
Simmons was tasked with enhancing Harris’ picture after a sequence of missteps and markedly excessive workers turnover marred her first yr in workplace.
A sequence of stories final yr depicted Harris as a tough boss to work for, with some former aides describing her administration fashion as “soul-destroying” and saying their fundamental job was “propping up a bully.”
A December 2021 Washington Submit expose on Harris’s workplace quoted former vice presidential aide Gil Duran as saying that staffers “fake they’re retiring for optimistic causes.”
Duran additionally claimed that Harris’s “damaging patterns” had been behind the exit of each Etienne and one other former high aide, Symone Sanders.
A June 2021 piece in Politico stated Harris’ workplace was “chaotic” with a “tense and at instances dour” ambiance.
“Individuals are thrown below the bus from the very high, there are quick fuses and it’s an abusive setting,” the outlet quoted one supply, who added that “individuals really feel handled like s–t.”
Regardless of Simmons’ greatest efforts, a current Economist/YouGov ballot confirmed Harris’ approval score caught on simply 40% amongst registered voters, whereas 55% disapproved of the job she was doing as VP.