Vice President Kamala Harris is the most recent high-profile official to leave government after a number of other significant exits.
Ernesto Apreza, Harris’ deputy press secretary, is leaving his position, which is yet another well-known departure from the vice president’s office. She’ll work for the Defense Department.
“Ernesto Apreza, Harris’ senior adviser for public engagement, will become deputy press secretary and is expected to focus on engaging local and state press, as well as specific key coalition groups. Apreza previously served on the Biden-Harris campaign, as well as on the then-mayor of Seattle’s staff,” the report noted.
Singh leaves Harris’ inner circle after other high-ranking members.
Senior advisor and chief spokesperson Symone Sanders, communications director Ashley Etienne, and chief speechwriter Kate Childs Graham have all left Harris’ staff.
A few months ago, the New York Post wrote a thorough article in which they quoted numerous current and former employees who were unhappy with Harris.
As stated in The Post:
Former aides to Vice President Kamala Harris say she is possessed by “deep, deep insecurity” that has led to a toxic work environment in her office, a forthcoming book claims.
Author Chris Whipple writes in “The Fight of His Life” that Harris refused to answer questions about “turmoil and morale problems” among her staff for his book on President Biden’s first months in the White House, but ex-employees described the woman as a heartbeat from the Oval Office as dysfunctional and unprepared.
One former aide told Whipple that Harris engaged in “really unnecessary gamesmanship” with her underlings, excerpts from the book that were obtained by the Washington Examiner revealed.
The one-time staffer further claimed that Harris “refused to do the kind of preparation that you need to do before going public on a hardcore policy matter. And then she became incensed and outraged when things wouldn’t go the way she thought they were supposed to.”
“I think it’s helpful for people to know,” the former Harris aide told Whipple, adding, “that this is not new, and it will inhibit any administration that she is the leader of.”
“When somebody raises an issue about Kamala, everybody’s like, ‘You don’t want to see black women succeed.’ That’s completely backward. Everybody who goes to work for Kamala, by definition, wants to see her succeed. That’s why you take these jobs,” they said.
When Harris was attorney general of California in 2013, Gil Duran, who worked for Harris, remarked to Whipple that “the amount of stress she created by constantly being impossible to manage and taking out all her stresses on staff—usually women, or people who were not in great positions of authority—was just kind of unbearable.”
Politico published a damning article in June 2021 that said Harris’ employees claimed they were “treated like sh*t” and that Harris was a “bully” with a “soul-destroying” managerial style.
“It’s clear that you’re not working with somebody who is willing to do the prep and the work,” one former worker told the Washington Post at the time. “With Kamala, you have to put up with a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism and also her own lack of confidence. So you’re constantly sort of propping up a bully, and it’s not really clear why.”
“It’s clear that you’re not working with somebody who is willing to do the prep and the work,” a former staffer said. “With Kamala, you have to put up with a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism and also her own lack of confidence. So you constantly sort of propping up a bully and it’s not really clear why.”
“People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment,” said one person familiar with operations in Harris’ office. “It’s not a healthy environment and people often feel mistreated. It’s not a place where people feel supported but a place where people feel treated like sh*t.”