Vice President Kamala Harris’s inability to maintain staff for the long hall has been thrown into the spotlight again, thus after one of her longest-serving aides, domestic policy adviser Rohini Kosoglu, resigned.
Unlike the staff on her team, the problem has been a long-standing one that’s plagued much of her political career. It seemingly started during her time as California District Attorney, when there was hardly any overlap from staff who were with her during her time as San Francisco District Attorney.
Then, as Senator, very few staff had institutional knowledge of her time as DA.
In the wake of Kosoglu’s departure, Harris is facing that conundrum again.
In the 18 months Harris has been VP, she has lost 13 high-profile aides, one as recent as last week — Megan Groob, who was Harris’s director of speechwriting.
The headline-grabbing revolving door has painted a picture of instability in the Vice President’s office, but there are those that worry about the implications beyond the media’s narrative.
Most of this concern stems from the possibility that Biden wouldn’t run for President in 2024, making Harris the obvious choice.
One former aide, discussing the need for consistency among political leaders, said, “It’s always been a problem,” adding, “You have to have your people around you.”
But a White House official stated, “There are people who have worked for her who are very willing and able to talk to staffers whenever they have questions on her history.”
Such people include Brian Nelson, who worked for Harris when she was California District Attorney and now serves as undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the Department of Treasury.
Sean Clegg and Julie Chaves Rodriguez are other names on this short list.