Kamala Harris Loses Ninth Staff Member

Kamala Harris is losing a ninth member of her staff since last June as her deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh is being transferred to the Department of Defense.

Singh had worked with Harris for more than two years, first becoming part of her presidential primary campaign team in March 2020. She had previously worked in communications for the campaigns of Corey Booker and Michael Bloomberg.

Staffers have been fleeing the vice president’s office after a year of rumors of toxic office environments, tension with Joe Biden’s office, and messaging errors.

The original four-member press team working for Harris now has only one remaining, Herbie Ziskend. He will now be promoted to Harris’s senior advisor for communications. Former communications director Ashley Etienne and chief spokesperson Symone Sanders both left the vice president’s staff late last year. The vice president’s press office also lost chief speechwriter Kate Childs Graham last month.

Senior advisor for public engagement Ernesto Apreza will now become Harris’s deputy press secretary.

The latest staff shakeup comes as new communications director Jamal Simmons struggles to rehabilitate the vice president’s slumping approval numbers. Harris visited Munich last month just before the Russian invasion of Ukraine and then traveled earlier this month to Poland and Romania to firm up public awareness of the U.S. commitment to the security of NATO allies.

The exodus from the Harris staff began after her trip to Central America last June, when she was mocked by many for her message allegedly addressing the root causes of illegal immigration, “Do not come.” Shortly after that trip her director of advance Karly Satkowiak and deputy director of advance Gabrielle DeFranceschi left her staff. Those members were primarily responsible for planning travel and preparing media opportunities during official trips.

The crumbling of the press office came as Harris had announced her plan to begin 2022 by meeting negative press coverage head-on. Her office reportedly intended to do that by scheduling a much more active media schedule for Harris.

As Harris continues to deal with rumors that she “bullies” staffers and heaps “soul-destroying criticism” on her team members, her media appearances continue to contribute to a sense of confusion and poor communication skills.

The most current average published by Real Clear Politics shows that only 36.5 percent of respondents give Harris a favorable rating.