New Report Reveals Even More Trouble in KamalaWorld as the Dam Breaks
By Sister Toldjah | Jul 15, 2021 12:15 PM ET
Even with the predictable media fawning we’ve seen over her since Joe Biden picked her as his running mate last summer, Vice President Kamala Harris cannot escape from some of the less than flattering coverage she’s received over the last few months regarding her disastrous handling of the border crisis to date and the rampant reports that she’s difficult to work with.
As to the latter point, the grapevine talk about the alleged “toxic” working environment around her has become so widespread that a “BBQ” was held at her residence last week, complete with her administrative staff and some members of the press corps in attendance. A number of staffers made sure to post pictures of the event on Twitter to let everyone know how much of a great and caring boss Harris supposedly is.
But despite all the smiling faces in those photographs, the rumors still persist, as evidenced by a new report from Business Insider that details accounts of 12 former Harris staffers who worked with her at various points during her time as a district attorney in California, when she was the state’s attorney general and then a U.S. Senator:
Harris’ turnover in the Senate was on the high end during her four years in the US Capitol’s upper chamber. She ranked No. 9 of 114 senators for highest turnover from 2017 to 2020, the congressional database LegiStorm showed.
Barbara O’Connor, a longtime communications professor at California State University, Sacramento, told Insider that at least 20 interns who worked in Harris’ attorney general and Senate offices came to O’Connor crying and seeking advice, saying they “felt they weren’t valued” in Harris’ office. O’Connor helped transfer about five interns out of Harris’ office at the time, she said.
Many former Harris staffers have been privately grumbling for years to reporters and among one another about their time working for her. Several said the latest media reports about staff dysfunction inside the vice president’s wing of the White House were giving them flashbacks to what some have called low points in their careers, including some who have worked for other high-profile politicians.
One former Harris aide described the culture in the attorney general’s office as “toxic” and “reactionary.” There was “a sense of paranoia in that office that you never knew when she was going to snap at you.”
The story also described some former staffers as having to seek therapy for what they said they went through working for her, while two people who went on the record to talk about their time working for Harris predictably trotted out the race and gender cards to downplay the reports, as though white, male lawmakers have never been on the receiving end of similar types of allegations.