Ashley Etienne, Kamala Harris’s communications director is leaving office to “pursue other opportunities.”
NEW: A WH official confirms @VP Kamala Harris’ Comms Director Ashley Etienne will be leaving her office in December to “pursue other opportunities.”
— Tim Perry (@tperry518) November 18, 2021
Kamala Harris’s communications director Ashley Etienne is leaving the vice president’s office after reports staff are in-fighting and her boss is being sidelined.
Etienne, a former staffer to Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, joined Harris’ team shortly after the election. At the time she said she would stay only a year, Vanity Fair reported.
A White House official told Bloomberg News that Etienne ‘is leaving the office in December to pursue other opportunities.’
As communications director, Etienne would have been in charge of Harris’ press and PR image. Harris has taken a beating in recent weeks with a series of unflattering stories about her role as vice president, in-fighting among her staff, and complaints from her allies the Biden administration is not properly utilizing her.
The Vanity Fair article, where this initially came from, said that she was planning on leaving in a year when she took the job.
That would mean this leaving has nothing to do with the chaos.
However, the Vanity Fair article still mentions the turmoil which means there might be more than just a pre-planned exit.
Vice President Kamala Harris’s communications chief Ashley Etienne is leaving the White House. A veteran of the Barack Obama administration and a former senior adviser to both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden, Etienne transitioned to Harris’s team in the weeks following the 2020 election. When Etienne joined the vice president’s office she told me she would stay for the first year, but still her departure comes after a raft of stories on infighting and low morale in the vice president’s office.
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