Vice President Kamala Harris appears to have made quite the embarrassing blunder with the hire of her new communications director, Jamal Simmons.
New reports indicate that, much to the dismay of Harris’ supporters, Simmons once donated to the campaign of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Fox News reports.
The information comes by way of Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings, which show that in June of 2015, Simmons made a $250 contribution to Paul’s presidential campaign.
The reader may remember that Paul made an attempt at the presidency in the 2016 election. His campaign was cut short, however, after a disappointing result in the February 2016 Iowa caucuses. Paul did go on to get re-elected to the Senate.
It appears that the donation to Paul was a bit of an anomaly for Simmons.
The rest of his donations, which were all similar amounts to what he gave to Paul, went to Democrat candidates. This includes a contribution to the Senate campaign of then-Senator Harris, for whom Simmons now works.
Nothing but controversy
Last week, Harris hired Simmons to replace Ashley Etienne, Newsmax noted, who left Harris’ office in December. Etienne’s departure is one of many high-profile exits that have come amid reports of disfunction within Harris’ office.
The hire of Simmons is proving to be an extremely controversial move, upsetting many of Harris’ supporters, and not just because Simmons donated to Paul’s campaign. Just after Simmons’ hire was announced, a report came out that revealed a series of anti-immigration tweets that Simmons posted in 2010.
In one tweet, he wrote: “Just saw 2 undocumented folks talking on MSNBC. One Law student the other a protester. Can someone explain why ICE is not picking them up?”
He followed it up with another that read, “I’ll try this again. Just saw 2 undocumented folks talking on MSNBC and have a serious legal question. Why wouldn’t ICE pick them up?”
Accordingly, Simmons has spent his first several days as Harris’ communications director apologizing. As Newsmax reported, Simmons said:
As a pundit for much of my career I have tweeted a lot and spoken out on public issues. Sometimes I have been sarcastic, unclear, or just plainly missed the mark. I sincerely apologize for offending those who care as much as I do about making America the best, multi-ethnic, diverse democracy it can be. I know the role I am taking on is to represent the Biden-Harris administration, and I will do so with humility, sincerity and respect.
Chalk this up as yet another humiliating effort by Harris’ office to improve her perception and her polling numbers, both of which will likely take a huge hit over this one.