It’s hard to tell what’s worse for Vice President Kamala Harris in this Washington Post story—the comments from anonymous former staffers trashing her management style or the on-the-record comment defending her management style by likening Harris to Donald Trump:
“People personalize these things,” [former Harris staffer Sean Clegg] continued. “I’ve never had an experience in my long history with Kamala, where I felt like she was unfair. Has she called bulls—? Yes. And does that make people uncomfortable sometimes? Yes. But if she were a man with her management style, she would have a TV show called ‘The Apprentice.’ ”
Staffers who worked for Harris before she was vice president said one consistent problem was that Harris would refuse to wade into briefing materials prepared by staff members, then berate employees when she appeared unprepared.
“It’s clear that you’re not working with somebody who is willing to do the prep and the work,” one former staffer said. “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.”
“One recurring theme, though, is concern — even fear — about career harm by being too closely linked to a flagging operation,” the report states. “Axios is told some Harris staffers want to work on Biden’s reelection campaign, while others don’t want to be aligned with Harris in the event another promising Democrat runs for president in 2024.”
Staffers not wanting to “be aligned” with Harris or branded a “Harris person” in the future certainly seems like a big deal. In recent weeks, national publications have reported that Harris is likely to face multiple challengers when she runs for president in either 2024 or 2028, and that rivals are skeptical of her chances in a primary.
One poll from earlier this week did find, however, that Harris leads a hypothetical 2024 Democratic primary field in the event President Joe Biden does not seek re-election.