Kamala Harris loses ANOTHER staff member: Editor becomes EIGHTH VP of staff to leave since disastrous border trip in June, with exodus showing no signs of abating
- Kate Childs Graham is expected to step down from the VP’s office at the end of the month
- She served as director of speechwriting for Kamala Harris for the past year
- It marks the latest start as Harris seeks to recover from poor poll ratings
- Last year, Harris was rocked by reports of discontent in her office
The head of Kamala Harris’ speechwriting team is leaving the vice president’s office, the eighth departure in recent months.
Kate Childs Graham is expected to leave at the end of the month.
It comes amid reports of a reset in the vice president’s office as Harris battles low ratings and the Biden administration tries to ramp up its public engagement with more president travel and of its vice-president.
Herbie Ziskend, deputy director of communications for the vice president, paid tribute to his outgoing colleague on Twitter.
“Kate is committed, hardworking, hilarious – a great colleague and friend,” he said.
“I will miss working with her every day, but I’m excited for her next adventure.”
There follows a series of farewell messages as staff leave the office, with many leaving public positions in the press office.
Kate Childs Graham is the latest official to leave the vice president’s office. She is expected to leave her role as director of speechwriting around the end of February.
Last July, Vice President Kamala Harris sang “Happy Birthday” to Childs Graham (l) and domestic policy adviser Rohini Kosoglu aboard Air Force Two.
Aides chafe at the prospect of a reset, but reports suggest Harris is looking to rebuild his public image by doing more to promote his White House work
Herbie Ziskend, deputy director of communications for the vice president, gave his colleague a rave review on Twitter
Most prominent was chief spokesperson Symone Sanders, who left in late December and has since taken on a role with MSNBC.
But it started after Harris’ widely criticized visit to Central America in June – when she was mocked for delivering a simple ‘Don’t come’ message, in her role as a resource person to tackle the root causes of migration from the region.
This trip also featured a case of mistaken identity at a press conference.
Harris called “Univision’s Maria Fernanda” to ask a question, but it turned out to be a fan of the same name as a Miami-based reporter.
Vice President’s Advance Director Karly Satkowiak and Deputy Advance Director Gabrielle DeFranceschi – responsible for planning travel and arranging with local officials and the media – left the office shortly after the travel.
Next to go was Rajan Kaur, who was Harris’ director of digital strategies but resigned in July after choosing not to move to Washington DC from Brooklyn.
Communications director Ashley Etienne left in November.
Sanders, one of Harris’ key public faces, left at the end of the year, around the same time as press operations manager Peter Velz and Vince Evans, who said he was leaving to become executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Spokesperson Symone Sanders and communications director Ashley Etienne both left last year. In all, eight officials have left since Harris’ visit to Central America last June
The year began with a slew of reports that Harris expected to face negative coverage, along with a busier media schedule and a campaign schedule that his supporters believe will better suit his political skills.
Her first year in office bottomed out in December, when she was called a “bully” who inflicted “constant soul-destroying criticism” on her staff by insiders quoted in The Washington Post.
Former staffers said the vice president exhibited the same aggressive management style that had marked much of her political career.
At the same time, she was a lightning rod for Republican criticism.
Conservatives have focused on his role in trying to address the root causes of migration to the United States from Central America, which so far does not appear to have stemmed the number of arrivals at the southern border .
And his polls remain mired below 40%. A rolling average from Real Clear Politics shows that 38.6% of respondents give him a favorable rating, while 53.7% have an unfavorable opinion of the vice president.