Former White House aide who resigned after alleged reporter threat joins Biden's campaign

June 19, 2023
Robert Ayers

T.J. Ducklo is going to be joining President Joe Biden's 2024 reelection campaign, The Hill reports

Ducklo is the former White House deputy press secretary - of the Biden administration - who resigned after a report emerged indicating that he had allegedly threatened a reporter.


The incident dates back to the early days of the Biden administration - early 2021.

At the time, reporter Tara Palmeri, who was with Politico, was putting together a report on the relationship between Ducklo and Axios reporter Alexi McCammond. It is perhaps not an insignificant fact that McCammond - in addition to being in a relationship with Ducklo - had covered Biden's 2020 presidential campaign.

Ducklo, apparently, was not too happy with what Palmeri was up to. So, he decided to confront Palmeri about it.

The confrontation

In February 2021, Vanity Fair published a report detailing the alleged confrontation that Ducklo had with Palmeri.

"The confrontation began on Inauguration Day, January 20, after Palmeri, a coauthor of Politico’s Playbook, contacted McCammond for comment while one of her male colleagues left a message for Ducklo, according to the sources," the outlet reported.

It continued:

Ducklo subsequently called a Playbook editor to object to the story, but was told to call the Playbook reporters with his concerns. But instead of calling the male reporter who initially contacted him, Ducklo tried to intimidate Palmeri by phone in an effort to kill the story. “I will destroy you,” Ducklo told her, according to the sources, adding that he would ruin her reputation if she published it.

That is not all. Ducklo, according to the report, also accused Palmeri of such things as being jealous of the relationship that he had with McCammond.

The aftermath: 1-week suspension

Given the Democrats' ostensible support of, among other things, the "#Me Too" movement, one would have expected that this incident would have been grounds for Ducklo's immediate termination. It was not.

Instead, the Biden administration gave Ducklo a 1-week suspension - just a 1-week suspension, despite allegedly threatening a female reporter.

Ducko, though, could not really overcome the controversy, and he ended up resigning from the Biden administration.

More recently, Ducklo has been working as the chief communications officer for Nashville Mayor John Cooper.

Ducklo, now, is expected to leave his position with Cooper in the near future. And, by mid-July, Ducklo is expected to, once again, be working for Biden, this time as a senior communications adviser of Biden's 2024 reelection campaign.

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