Kamala Harris’s staff members complain of ‘abusive’ work environment

A recent report from Politicohas made some damning claims about the work environment in Vice President Kamala Harris’s office.

The publication interviewed 22 former and current staff members who complained about dysfunction in Harris’ office, reportedly at the fault of her chief of staff and political veteran Tina Flournoy, another Black woman.

The central complaint was that Flournoy has become overzealous in her attempt to protect Harris, often alienating not only staff members but donors who’ve raised millions on Harris’s behalf.

A source claimed that a friend of Harris personally reached out to Flournoy on behalf of one of the party’s top donors to arrange a meeting. They were ignored. The donor also contacted Harris’s office personally and didn’t hear back from anyone for weeks. When they did hear back, they were told that the Vice President was too busy to schedule time.

According to Politico, Harris’s friend said, “This is someone who has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars—millions even—for your boss and you’re just blowing them off? Next time Kamala wants [them] for something, it’s like, ‘Hey, I couldn’t even get a call back from your chief of staff.”

Additionally, it was reported that the staff has complained about Flournoy fostering an environment where “ideas are ignored, met with harsh dismissals and decisions are dragged out.”

Furthermore, staffers claimed when something goes wrong, Flournoy refuses to take responsibility for “delicate issues” and instead blames staffers for any negative results that may occur as a consequence.

While many name Flournoy as the problem, there are others who believe Harris herself may be at the root of the issues.

One administration official, who asked to remain anonymous, told Politico, “It all starts at the top. People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment. It’s not a healthy environment and people often feel mistreated. It’s not a place where people feel supported but a place where people feel treated like sh*t.”

The environment has become so unsuitable that after just six months on the job, many staffers have sought employment elsewhere. 

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