Harris Scorched In Blistering Resignation Letter ‘Never Seen Staff Treated So Poorly’
December 2, 2019 | by James G. Dalton
The presidential campaign of California Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris is falling apart at the seams and it appears, at least to this observer, unable to be saved.
Harris has fallen hard out of the top tier of candidates that includes former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
And in large part it is due to her consistently changing her stance on key issues and her staff being fragmented, The New York Times claims.
In early November, a few days after Senator Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign announced widespread layoffs and an intensified focus on Iowa, her senior aides gathered for a staff meeting at their Baltimore headquarters and pelted the campaign manager, Juan Rodriguez, with questions.
What exactly was Ms. Harris’s new strategy? How much money and manpower could they put into Iowa? What would the campaign’s presence be like in other early voting states?
Mr. Rodriguez offered general, tentative answers that didn’t satisfy the room, according to two campaign officials directly familiar with the conversation.
Some Harris aides sitting at the table could barely suppress their fury about what they saw as the undoing of a once-promising campaign. Their feelings were reflected days later by Kelly Mehlenbacher, the state operations director, in a blistering resignation letter obtained by The Times.
“This is my third presidential campaign and I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly,”. Mehlenbacher said, taking a swipe at Rodriguez and Harris’ sister Maya.
“With less than 90 days until Iowa we still do not have a real plan to win” she said in her letter of resignation.
“There is no surer sign of distress for a campaign than the willingness of staff, donors and supporters to publicly-if anonymously- air their grievances while the campaign is still in progress,” David Axelrod, who helped bring former President Obama to victory, said.
“I have told her there needs to be a change,” Representative Marcia Fudge said of the California senator and her campaign.
“The weakness is at the top. She needs to take responsibility — that’s where the buck stops,” she said.
.@KamalaHarris woke up in Iowa today to PRE mortems In the @nytimes AND the @washingtonpost on her campaign.
Even as she spent Thanksgiving in the state that will kick off 2020 voting, the major national papers were concluding that her turkey was cooked. https://t.co/nYeN5vRIaY
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 29, 2019
Kamala Harris’s campaign is in tatters and running out of the cash needed to pay staffers, and some staffers told The Times people have been treated poorly.
If Harris is not able to gain a win in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina it could mean the end of her once promising campaign.
Harris has had major issues including saying undocumented immigrants would be covered in her healthcare plan during a debate and then saying she did not comprehend the question the next day.
If one cannot run a presidential campaign it is unlikely they could run the nation. It appears that Harris’ dreams of being president are done.