Vice President Kamala Harris’ “toxic” work environment continues to kill off top staffers, with the latest departure involving the most senior member of her staff yet.
According to The Daily Wire, this week, Harris lost Tina Flournoy, her chief of staff. While some staff turnover is normal in the first year or two, Flournoy is the 12th member of the veeps’ staff to run for the exits.
Notably, Flournoy didn’t provide any specific reasoning for her departure, which tends to raise questions.
She had worked for Harris since December 2020, and is widely regarded as one of the best in the business. She will reportedly be replaced by Democrat operative Lorraine Voles.
It’s not surprising
Last year, Politico broke a bombshell report regarding the work environment within Harris’ wing of the White House, and it painted a grim picture of what was happening behind the scenes, and presumably, to some degree, still is.
“In interviews, 22 current and former vice presidential aides, administration officials and associates of Harris and Biden described a tense and at times douroffice atmosphere,” the report noted last summer.
The report also referenced Flournoy’s role in the turmoil at the time, adding, “Aides and allies said Flournoy, in an apparent effort to protect Harris,has instead created an insular environment where ideas are ignored or met with harsh dismissals and decisions are dragged out.”
“Often, they said, she refuses to take responsibility for delicate issues and blames staffers for the negative results that ensue,” the report continued.
Other staffers reportedly told the outlet that Harris was an “unpredictable boss,” noting that it wasn’t uncommon for Harris to dish out “a lot of verbal abuse” to her staffers.
Harris’ continued failures
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Harris’ top staffers continue to jump ship. Between the clearly toxic work environment in which they must suffer, added to a vice presidency that has experienced nothing but failures on a weekly basis, staffers would be crazy not to quit.
Additionally, Harris, who early on was seen as a guaranteed hit and top successor to President Joe Biden should he only serve out one term in the White House, is now facing a completely different future as the party looks for a stronger candidate who could face someone like Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis in a general election.
Harris made history by becoming the first woman to hold the vice presidency, and that’s great, but it doesn’t detract from the fact that she’s proven to be one of the least effective and worst vice presidents in American history.