“Their experience has been and will continue to be a valuable resource for our entire team as we set long-term planning and deliver on the administration’s ambitious political agenda,” said the White House official. told CNN.
The two, who each worked for Harris during the presidential transition, will focus their efforts on “organizational development, strategic communications and long-term planning.”
Voles, a seasoned communications strategist and former Clinton and Gore man, will serve on a temporary basis, on a three to six month contract, a source close to Harris’s office told CNN. Frankel is also temporary, according to the White House official.
At the time, several allies and former aides to the vice president described having “flashbacks” of the misstep as part of a larger pattern of messaging challenges that has plagued her since her unsuccessful presidential campaign.
Holt’s interview came after Harris participated in an extensive media training session to improve his delivery and presentation in interviews and speeches. This training was one of many sessions last year, according to several sources. An assistant said at the time that the session was not in response to or in preparation for an interview or a particular topic.