The revolving door creates questions and complications for Kamala Harris.

There’s been a theme running through the world of Kamala Harris for years.

When she was a senator, few in her office had institutional knowledge of her time as attorney general in California. And when she was attorney general, there was some overlap but only a small cadre of staff could contextualize her time as district attorney in San Francisco.

Now, with Rohini Kosoglu, the vice president’s domestic policy adviser, one of his closest and longest-serving staff members, leaving office, Harris is once again facing that dilemma. .

More than 13 high-profile aides have left the vice president’s office, including her director of speechwriting, Meghan Grube.

The revolving door has made headlines during Harris’ tenure, creating a narrative of instability in the vice president’s office. But some Democrats worry about larger implications, especially if President Biden chooses not to run for re-election.

Kosoglu’s exit earlier this month was particularly significant because she was one of the few aides who personally knew Harris’ priorities, style and policy expertise.

Democrats who voiced private concerns say they are worried that horse loyalists — the kind of advisers and strategists who stick to their principals through ups and downs — are virtually non-existent.

“It’s always been a problem,” said a former Harris aide. “You have to have your people around you.”

A White House official said Harris’ network is large and includes several aides from Harris’ previous roles.

“There are people who have worked for him who are very willing and able to talk to staff whenever they have questions about his history,” the White House official said. said the official.

Those in Harris’ orbit point to Brian Nelson, who advised Harris when she was attorney general and is now undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the Treasury Department. Other long-serving aides include Sean Clegg, a strategist on his presidential campaign, and Julie Chavez-Rodriguez, who serves as a newly tapped senior adviser to Biden on his presidential campaign. Worked in Harris’ Senate office before serving as the campaign’s traveling chief of staff.

Kosoglu — who left office on good terms to spend time with his family — is also expected to continue to offer institutional knowledge, according to sources familiar with his departure.

“The vice president has an extensive network of friends with a long history in politics and that network has always been available to him and helpful along the way,” a source close to Harris said.

The vice president has sought to steady the ship in recent months, bringing in prominent party veterans including Jamal Simmons as his communications director, and his new chief of staff Lorraine Volz, who will serve as the vice president. Serving as communications director for Al Gore. Then as an adviser to Hillary Clinton.

Kirsten Allen, who served as deputy national press secretary for Harris’ presidential campaign, was also named his spokeswoman earlier this year after working at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Since the upheaval, inner palace conspiracies have emerged. And the vice president has drawn positive reviews for some of her policy engagements, including abortion rights, where she has quickly become the face of the White House’s fight on the issue.

Harris has also been on the road a lot, traveling through five states in less than two weeks, making more rounds on television, doing morning shows, appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and doing one-on-ones. Sit down for cable. The interviews are expected to continue in the coming months as she does her part to help Democrats in the midterm elections. As the midterm elections approach, White House aides say she will play an active role in closing the gap between Democrats and Republicans.

Still, a lack of consistency with his staff could hurt the vice president’s political prospects, political observers say.

“A loyal and competent staff can make or break a political career,” said Kathryn Jellison, a history professor at Ohio University, who pointed to John F. Kennedy’s so-called “Irish Mafia” that surrounded him on Capitol Hill. Followed them for days. to the White House. “I agree that vice presidents will be on a stronger footing for the future if they have long-standing staff they can rely on for sound advice and necessary action.”

“New presidents often rely on teams of advisers who have been with them, often in their home states, for a long time,” added Julian Zelzer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University.

“They know the candidate, they understand their weaknesses and strengths, and they have a kind of personal connection that other professionals lack,” Zelizer said. “It may be that Harris lacks that kind of advice and is politically vulnerable as a result.”

When Harris became vice president, she brought with her a small group of staff from the Senate, including Kosoglu, who served as chief of staff, and Josh Sue, who served as her deputy chief of staff. and Michelle Solomon, who served as its director of scheduling.

But she mostly surrounded herself with outsiders. Tina Flournoy, who served as former President Bill Clinton’s longtime chief of staff, moved to the White House to become Harris’ top aide. During the 2020 presidential campaign, Simon Sanders, President Biden’s communications advisor, became his chief spokesperson. Opal Wadhan, who worked for Hillary Clinton, became her personal assistant.

When Biden became president, he brought in advisers who have known him for most of his political career. Former President Obama also filled his White House with staffers who worked for him in the Senate and on his 2008 presidential campaign. And when Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, one of her “conditions” for taking the job was that she bring her own advisers instead of being surrounded by Obama aides.

“The reason he was able to run a successful campaign was because he had the necessary people and the necessary infrastructure to run a presidential campaign because he had relationships with people that went back years, if not decades,” Harris said. Another former aide said. “He had to hire other people’s people.”

If Harris runs for president and becomes the Democratic nominee, strategists say that will help party activists win. But if he is involved in the primary, they predict it will be difficult for him to clear the field.

“Politics is about relationships and relationships with the people around you,” said another former staffer. “I think there’s a lot of room for improvement.

“And it’s a difficult problem to fix because the only solution is time.”

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