Vice President Kamala Harris has suffered another loss from her team as her deputy chief of staff has now quit.
The top aide is the latest in a long line to be fleeing Harris’s staff, adding to the turmoil surrounding the VP.
Deputy chief of staff Michael Fuchs is bolting while he still can, according to Reuters who saw an internal staff memo.
Fuchs served as a foreign policy advisor to former President Bill Clinton.
He worked in senior roles at the U.S. State Department under former President Barack Obama’s administration.
Fuchs wrote: “It’s been the honor of a lifetime to serve in this administration, working for the Vice President and President on behalf of the American people.
“Fifteen months later, it’s almost difficult to recall the magnitude of the challenges we faced when we came in.
“From an unprecedented pandemic to historically difficult economic circumstances.
“And it is thanks to the work of this administration – and all of you – that our country has had such success in tackling these challenges and turning things around,” he wrote.
Jamal Simmons, Kamala’s communications director, said Harris “is grateful for Michael’s tireless work, leadership and the many miles he traveled domestically and internationally … our entire team will miss Michael as he begins this next chapter.”
Kamala Harris’ deputy chief of staff the latest aide to depart veep’s office https://t.co/J6xXIqXIFH pic.twitter.com/UNILvEpRze
— New York Post (@nypost) April 4, 2022
Possibly the dumbest cancellation I’ve seen. A conservative radio station fired Amber for making a joke about Kamala Harris’s outfit looking like a UPS uniform. https://t.co/jCT1MtycIq
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) April 4, 2022
Kamala Harris sure knows how to clear a room https://t.co/ydWLMP6Lfk
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According to Reuters:
Harris is also hiring a new chief speechwriter, Meghan Groob.
She most recently worked as an editorial director at Gates Ventures, where she was a speechwriter to Bill Gates, according to a separate memo sent to staff seen by Reuters.
She was previously a senior speechwriter in the Obama administration.
Groob will replace Kate Childs Graham, Harris’s director of speechwriting, who left at the end of February.
Harris’s office, which has been tossed to and fro by “disorder, bad press, and, at times, internal frictions” because of Harris’s reported “abusive environment,” where staffers have been “treated like shit,” has had a slew of resignations and departures in recent months during political “shitshow” resets.
Those who have left Harris include Kate Childs Graham, director of speechwriting for Harris; Senior Adviser Symone Sanders; Peter Velz, director of press operations;
Vince Evans, deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs; and Communications Director Ashley Etienne.