There are a lot of Americans who worry about the level of job security they have. No one wants to have to leave a good job and start over. Maybe the number one place where job security is the weakest today is…wait for it…working for Vice President Kamala Harris.
There has been a continual current of people flowing out of their jobs under the vice president. These are high-level staffers in the White House administration who are willingly leaving high-paying, sought-after positions. One of the latest staffers to bail on the administration was the vice president’s Press Secretary, Sabrina Singh. She announced that she was leaving Harris’ office to take a job with the Defense Department, according to a report by the New York Post.
You don’t have to be a long-termer in Washington D.C. to ask questions about a move from the White House to the Pentagon. That is a pretty clear example of downward mobility.
When Singh left Kamala, there was only one of the four top people in communications left from those who started with the vice president. That was just 14 months ago that they all started together at the inauguration.
According to The Post, Singh is “is at least the ninth key official to depart the veep’s office since this past summer — joining director of digital strategies Rajun Kaur, director of advance Karly Satkowiak, deputy director of advance Gabrielle DeFranceschi, communications director Ashley Etienne, chief spokesperson Symone Sanders, director of press operations Peter Velz, deputy director of public engagement Vince Evans, and speechwriting director Kate Childs Graham.”
And after The Post wrote their article about the nine people who left the VP’s office, there was quickly a 10th that jumped into the current of those who bailed. Nancy McEldowney, Harris’ National Security Adviser, announced just this week that she plans to leave her position with the vice president. She is the one who was leading Russia and Ukraine. This doesn’t seem like the time when you would quit your job unless things were extremely critical. She did not announce any new opportunity and doesn’t seem to have another job, she just said that there were “some pressing personal matters.”
It doesn’t look like any of those who departed moved on to bigger and better jobs, Vince Evans left in January and took a job on Capitol Hill working for the Congressional Black Caucus.
It seems that those who work for Kamala Harris have the same kind of approval rating as the rest of America. In December of 2021, there was a USA Today/Suffolk University poll that indicated Harris had a pathetic 28% approval rating which was 10 points behind President Joe Biden who rang it with just a 38% approval rating. This caused someone to report that Biden was not happy with his vice president’s numbers and she was not even being considered to be the president’s successor anymore.
There have been a number of people in the know who have said privately that Harris is being sidelined and it is causing frustration. CNN conducted interviews with almost 3 dozen former and current Harris staffers and associates and some of them are irate that she is not being positioned for advancement. And the vice president has apparently told some of her closest allies that she feels “constrained” in what she can do politically.
All this tension caused one unnamed staffer to tell The Washington Post, “With Kamala, you have to put up with a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism and also her own lack of confidence. So you’re constantly sort of propping up a bully and it’s not really clear why.”
So the exodus probably will continue.