NYT: Texas Democrat who offered to help Kamala Harris on her summer trip to the border didn’t get a call back

Even members of her own party are sick and tired of Vice President Kamala Harris’ inaction on the southern border crisis.

According to Breitbart, Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar (D) took aim at Harris in a recent interview for failing to respond to his offer to help her as she traveled to the U.S.–Mexico border earlier this year.

Breitbart cited a report from The New York Times that claimed Cuellar “had his staff call [the vice president’s] office” back in June “to offer help and advice” for her planned visit to the border, which has been flooded with migrants in the months since President Joe Biden took office. Cuellar “never received a call back,” the Times reported.

“I moved on”

Cuellar later told the outlet: “I say this very respectfully to her: I moved on.”

Cuellar also told the Times that he plans to go straight to Biden and his staff to address the issue in the future, since Harris seems uninterested. “She was tasked with that job, it doesn’t look like she’s very interested in this, so we are going to move on to other folks that work on this issue,” the moderate Democrat congressman said.

“At least they talk to you,” he remarked of the West Wing.

More problems for Harris

The Times also said in its report that Harris has been facing pushback from within her ranks. According to the outlet, she’s seen an exodus of staffers from her office, particularly in the communications department, as former staffers air their greivances.

“A lot of us would still be with her if she was the Kamala Harris we thought she would be,” Gil Duran, who worked for Harris nearly a decade ago when she was attorney general of California, told The New York Times.

Others, including longtime Democrat fundraiser Mark Buell, are concerned she’s not doing enough to make a name for herself as Biden’s heir apparent.

“I think she was an enormous help to the ticket during the campaign,” Buell told the Times. “I would like to see her employed in the same way, now that they’re implementing their objectives or goals.”

The bottom line

It all comes as the crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border, which President Biden first tasked Harris with handling back in March, still has not subsided. Reports indicate that more migrants arrived at the border this year than any other year over the last two decades.

With Biden and Harris at the helm, it’s hard to expect things will be getting any better any time soon.

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