US Vice President Kamala Harris’s leadership style has been criticized by her former staff, with some saying they face “constant soul-destroying criticism” from her.
In recent weeks, reports of tensions within Harris’ team have been amplified by the departure of several key members, including Vice President’s spokesperson Symone Sanders.
“Such stories of chaos sound familiar to longtime Harris California watchers. As a former Harris staff member who resigned after five months in 2013, I’m not surprised. Yet it is sad to see her repeating the same old destructive patterns under the stern gaze of the Washington press.“, wrote a former Democratic strategist Gil Duran.
Conducting its own research into the atmosphere around Harris, the Washington Post spoke to 18 people, including former and current members of his team and White House officials, some preferring to speak anonymously and others worrying about the vice-president’s attitude towards him. staff more openly.
“Critics scattered over two decades point to an inconsistent and sometimes degrading manager who burns seasoned staff who have succeeded in other demanding and high-level positions“said the outlet.
According to one of the ex-employees quoted by the Washington Post, people working with Harris are facing “a constant amount of destructive criticism and also his own lack of confidence. “
“So you are constantly supporting a tyrant and it’s not really clear why“said a former point-of-sale employee.
Harris supporters, however, claim that all criticism leveled at her is based on a racism and sexism that has followed Harris throughout her career and only strengthened after her appointment as vice president. According to Sean Clegg, a partner in a consulting firm who has worked with Harris in the past, she is a tough boss who can make people uncomfortable, but if she were a man with the same management style. “she would have a TV show called “The Apprentice”.“
However, as the Washington Post notes, both for critics and for supporters of the VP’s management style “the question is not simply where Harris stands on the line between demanding and demeaning, “but is much broader with a lot of concerns than”his inability to keep and retain staff will hamper his future ambitions. “
Harris’ approval rating was only 28%, according to a USA Today / Suffolk poll in early November, with 51% of 1,000 registered voters disapproving of what she does.