Two more aides are abandoning the sinking ship that is Vice President Kamala Harris’s office.
The staffers announced they will leave their roles in the coming weeks.
The news comes on the heels of two of her top aides, Ashley Etienne and Symone Sanders, leaving.
Peter Velz is the vice president’s director of press operations.
He is leaving according to multiple media reports.
The other leaving is Vince Evans, the deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for Harris.
Last month, Kamala’s communications director, Ashley Etienne, said she was leaving to pursue “other opportunities.”
Today Symone Sanders, Vice President Kamala Harris’ chief spokesperson, announced she will be leaving soon.
Sanders sent a letter to her colleagues that said.
“I’m so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been.
“I’m grateful for Tina and her leadership and her confidence as well.
“Every day, I arrived to the White House complex knowing our work made a tangible difference for Americans.
“I am immensely grateful and will miss working for her and with all of you.”
Anita Dunn, a former top Biden aide, said:
“Symone has been working at the highest levels and in an extraordinarily intense environment for three years for Joe Biden. And now also for Vice President Harris.
“When you look at the three years, two on the campaign, one in the White House, nobody can question her decision that she needs a break and it’s time to move on. And she’ll always be a member of the Biden-Harris family.”
It wasn’t always smooth. Harris’ office has been beset by disorder, bad press, and, at times, internal frictions. Outside advisers complained that she was handed policy issues that were destined for failure and not given what she needed to succeed as vice president.
And, in recent weeks, chatter has grown increasingly loud that Harris wasn’t positioned well to be Biden’s heir apparent in 2028 or, if he opts not to run again, in 2024.
Washington Post reports that Deputy Director of Public Engagement Vince Evans also leaving Kamala Harris office with Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders, Director of Press Operations Peter Velz, and Communications Chief of Staff Emma Rileyhttps://t.co/T31cmejQ7m
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) December 2, 2021
Let it be known! I’ll go on the record as @SymoneSanders46’s No. 1 fan — could not ask for a better boss, colleague and friend, and I’m so grateful we’ve had the chance to work together. We love you, Symone! pic.twitter.com/cLBqunK0KB
— Peter Velz (@PeterVelz46) December 2, 2021
A source familiar confirms Peter Velz, Director of Press Operations for @VP Kamala Harris, also plans to leave the VP's office "in the coming weeks."
— Tim Perry (@tperry518) December 2, 2021