Another farewell from the Vice-President’s office will be happening before the year ends as Kamala Harris’ senior adviser and chief spokesperson Symone Sanders has resigned. This made Harris continues to struggle with her image in public opinion polls.
Sanders’s resignation serves as the second high-level exit from Harris’ office in recent weeks.
On Wednesday Sanders wrote in a note to staff according to Politico “I’m so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been. I’m grateful for [Harris chief of staff] Tina [Flournoy] and her leadership and her confidence as well. Every day, I arrived to the White House complex knowing our work made a tangible difference for Americans. I am immensely grateful and will miss working for her and with all of you.”
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A White House official said Wednesday that Sanders had “served honorably” for three years, first as a part of President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign and then on the transition team before joining the vice president’s office.
Earlier this month, Ashley Etienne, Harris’ communications director, also left the administration.
A separate White House official familiar with the situation said the departures come amid concerns Harris is not being adequately prepared or positioned for the next natural step in her career, replacing Biden as president, and instead is being sidelined.
Harris has struggled to show she’s making an impact on voting, immigration, or other policy priorities during the first year of the Biden administration. At the same time, some Republicans and conservative news outlets have made her a target of personal attacks.
Her approval ratings have been underwater for months.
Here’s an excerpt from Politico report:
Symone Sanders, the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is expected to leave the White House at the end of the year, according to five administration officials familiar with the matter.
It was not immediately clear where Sanders is heading next or when she will be leaving the vice president’s office. Sanders is the highest profile exit and the second high-profile one from the Harris team in the last month. Ashley Etienne, Harris’ communications director, is also set to depart in the coming weeks.
An official in the vice president’s office confirmed the departure and said the president and vice president have “known for a while.” The official added that Sanders had worked for President Joe Biden for nearly three years.