(TheProudRepublic.com) – In an attempt to revive an ailing campaign while also steering it further to the left, the Biden campaign has made significant additions to its communications team, including hiring a former spokesperson for progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
Lauren Hitt, who previously served as the communications director for Ocasio-Cortez, recently confirmed her new role, expressing her enthusiasm on X, previously known as Twitter. Hitt remarked, “Pretty excited to be joining this very talented team and incredibly important fight.”
Alongside Hitt, the campaign has also brought Andy Crystal on board. He is known for his role as the lead research producer for television shows “The Problem with Jon Stewart” and “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.” Crystal is set to join the reelection campaign as a research director, as indicated by his profile on X. Politico was the first to report these hires.
Additionally, there are reports that John Kerry, currently the U.S. special climate envoy, is planning to support Biden’s reelection efforts. According to various media outlets and a source close to the administration who spoke to Axios, Kerry is expected to step down from his climate role. Kerry believes Biden’s reelection is crucial for advancing climate progress in the U.S. and globally.
These additions to the campaign team come at a time when several prominent Democrats are criticizing the campaign. As reported by The Washington Post, figures like former President Obama have raised grave concerns about the team’s organizational structure, highlighting overcentralized decision-making processes that require excessive clearance from the White House.
In response, sources close to the campaign defend the strategy and timing of these moves. A campaign insider stated the focus on expanding the campaign’s scope to secure victory, mentioning that the team is scaling up at all levels, including leadership.
In the context of the election race, recent polls have shown a tight race between Biden and former President Donald Trump, with Trump maintaining a solid lead across several primary polls.
The gap is more noticeable in key swing states such as Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, based on recent surveys in the run-up to the first primary caucuses.