Kamala Harris’ chief speechwriter resigning in latest high-profile staff departure

In the wake of a series of seemingly endless high-profile staff departures from her office, Vice President Kamala Harris is on the verge of experiencing another such loss amid news that chief speechwriter Kate Childs Graham is resigning with an effective date at the end of the month, according to Fox News.

The news was first revealed by an unnamed White House official who noted that Childs Graham will be “leaving the office but not the family” and stated that Harris is “grateful for her service to the administration” and “excited for her next step.”

Despite those words of praise for the soon-to-be-departing staffer, it is worth nothing that some of what was presumably some of the speechwriter’s work product has come under criticism in recent months, according to the New York Post, especially remarks made by Harris in which she compared the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol unrest to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the terrorism of Sept. 11, 2001.

Childs’ Graham’s decision to leave Harris’ office is just the latest in a string of significant departures among the vice president’s staff, the first of which came when it was announced in November that communications director Ashley Etienne would be leaving for other endeavors, as the Post reported at the time.

Fairly close on the heels of that bombshell came news that senior vice presidential adviser and chief Harris spokesperson Symone Sanders was also planning her exit for the end of 2021, a decision that was reported by Fox News when it first became public.

Raising even more eyebrows were subsequent announcements late last year that vice presidential director of press operations Peter Velz and deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs Vince Evans were imminently headed out the door as well.

As the Daily Mail pointed out, Harris has lost eight top-tier staffers since the summer of 2021, in what appears to be a worsening situation that has resulted in unflattering press concerning the reportedly very low morale in the vice president’s office as well as allegations from staffers that they have been forced to work in what amounts to an abusive atmosphere.

Harris and some of her allies have attempted to downplay suggestions of serious dysfunction among her personnel team, though insiders explained to the Washington Post last year that her office is a realm in which “you have to put up with a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism” and are “constantly sort of propping up a bully and it’s not really clear why.”

With voter confidence in Harris dipping to startling lows, what increasingly appears to be her inability to inspire loyalty and competence among her White House team is likely to exacerbate the sense of “open panic” that reportedly exists within her party, given that she is, by nature of her job, the Democrat’s presumptive heir apparent unless some truly dramatic political maneuvers are made.