Two more names have just been added to the list of staffers announcing their departures from the vice president’s office.
According to The Daily Wire, Kamala Harris’ director of press operations Peter Velz and her deputy director of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs Vincent Evans both announced after the New Year that they would soon be leaving their jobs with the VP behind.
“Today is my last day”
In their announcements, both Velz and Evans praised the vice president and expressed optimism for the future.
“I am deeply honored to be named the Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus,” Evans wrote in a tweet. “As we write the next chapter of the CBC story, I am excited for the opportunity to lend my experience and passion for supporting the collective vision of this storied Caucus. Onward.”
Velz described his time in Harris’ office as “an absolute joy.”
“Today is my last day at the White House, and it truly has been an honor,” he wrote in a tweet of his own, according to The Daily Wire. “I will be forever grateful to Vice President Harris, the incredible Team @VP, and I’m so proud of our work this past year supporting this historic Administration.”
He added: “The White House is an amazing place to work — you’re surrounded by the most selfless, smart, hard-working people everyday [sic] doing their best to serve the American people.”
Growing exits prompt rumors
Velz and Evans are just the latest top aides to the vice president to be stepping down. Others who recently announced their departures include Symone Sanders, Harris’ now-former chief spokesperson and senior adviser, and Ashley Etienne, her former communications director.
Each time, the exiting staffer insisted they’d simply decided to move on to new things. But some reports citing insiders within the White House are suggesting otherwise.
One bombshell report from Politico described Harris’ office as full of dysfunction and accused the VP of harboring a negative work environment. Others have said Harris is being snubbed and sidelined by Biden on important issues. On the issues where she has been handed the reins, like the crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border, Harris has fallen far short.
It all has left Americans less than confident in their vice president; at one point, Harris’ approval rating was at only 28%.
When asked in a recent interview what her biggest failure was during her first year as VP, Harris reportedly said, “To not get out of D.C. more.” If that’s all she thinks she can improve on, we’re in for a long three years ahead.