Yet another top staffer for VP Harris out as Communications Director Jamal Simmons set to resign next month

The revolving door of the office of Vice President Kamala Harris continues to spin as yet another high-level staffer has announced their impending departure from the White House.

This time it is Communications Director Jamal Simmons who is expected to leave at the end of the year after having only just joined Harris’ team in January, the Conservative Brief reported.

Simmons’ exit is the latest in a series of major departures from Harris’ office over the first two years of her tenure, with the bulk of those now-former aides leaving the vice president’s seemingly perpetually troubled communications department.

And another one is gone

Politico reported Friday that Simmons would leave the vice president’s office next month after having served as communications director for Harris for about a year in order to move to New York to spend more time with his family.

“Working for Vice President Harris has been an honor and a privilege,” he said in a statement. “I’m so thankful for the confidence she put in me and I will miss this fantastic team more than anything.”

According to Harris’ Chief of Staff Lorraine Voles, Simmons had previously “agreed to come on board for a year” in order to help her “steady the ship” following a volatile first year for the vice president and her staff.

Voles is now reportedly on the hunt for a replacement for Simmons in the vital role of communications director and is “working with the communications team to determine next organizational steps,” according to Politico.

VP’s communications department at center of high turnover rate

Breitbart reported that there has been an exceptionally high rate of turnover among staffers in the communications department of Vice President Harris’ office.

As noted, Simmons took on the role of communications director in January as the replacement for his predecessor in that role, Ashley Etienne, who left the VP’s office in December 2021 alongside former press secretary Symone Sanders.

At the same time that Simmons was first settling in, however, former press operations director Peter Velz and deputy director of public engagement Vincent Evans were on their way out that same month, followed shortly thereafter in March by former deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh and former Chief of Staff Tina Flournoy.

Breitbart also noted that Harris is already on her third speechwriter in less than two years after the first two staffers hired to fill that role left the job in 2021.

To be sure, the Politico piece seems to portray the vice president’s office as being much more stable than it was before, and that may well be true, but as the Conservative Brief documented, there have been numerous articles in mainstream media sources over the past two years that tell a markedly different tale of constant turmoil and staffer turnover that, more likely than not, can be traced directly back to Vice President Harris and the sort of office she has run throughout her political career.

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