Harris’ top speechwriter set to leave amid wave of staff turnover |

WASHINGTON • A top speechwriting aide to Kamala Harris is leaving the White House, bringing attention back to the vice president’s messaging challenges over the past year and new efforts to right the ship.

Harris’ director of speechwriting Kate Childs Graham will leave in late February, a White House official confirmed.

“Kate is leaving the office, but not the family,” the official told the Washington Examiner, adding that Harris was grateful to Childs Graham for his service.

The White House declined to say who would replace the vacant post.

“We are excited about his next step,” the official said.

The move comes amid a broader communications reset for Harris’ team, with the departure of four senior assistants late last year and the collapse of a rights portfolio effort. vote. In January, Harris’s new communications director was forced to apologize after old tweets about undocumented migrants drew fierce criticism from activists.

Harris’ scripted remarks have also occasionally drawn criticism. This year, the vice president compared the 2021 Capitol riot to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks, prompting immediate rebuke.

She also fueled speculation about her re-election prospects when she said in December that she and President Joe Biden had yet to discuss a second candidacy. Biden has said he intends to mount a re-election bid with Harris on his side.

Biden praised Harris’ work on suffrage after giving him the role at his request last summer.

“I put her in charge. I think she’s doing a good job,” Biden said last month.

Now, Harris is poised to play a pivotal role in the nomination process for Biden’s eventual Supreme Court pick, giving him a perch to usher in the first black justice.

A leading Democrat quickly turned to Harris in his lobbying campaign for a favored judge should the opportunity arise to nominate a candidate for a seat on the bench.

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