Kamala Harris is losing aides left and right. The latest defector, Vincent Evans, has departed the VP’s staff due to what he describes as “bullying” and “turmoil.” Evans is the latest in the exodus of support personnel to leave Harris’ office.
Dishing the Details of Evans’ Departure
Evans, the VP’s former Deputy Director of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, left his post to take on a new challenge on Capitol Hill. CNBC broke the story on Wednesday. Evans will soon work for the Congressional Black Caucus, which is chaired by Joyce Beatty, a Democrat from Ohio, who works as an advocate on behalf of racial minorities.
Evans didn’t mince words when departing his position with the Harris office, lambasting the VP as a bully who criticizes staffers with what he describes as “soul destroying” words and insults. However, despite the harsh language used to describe the VP, Evans made it clear to CNBC that he is still on positive terms with Harris, claiming the resignation is not tied to any prior departures from her office.
Evans went on to state, “I am deeply honored to be named the executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus. I started my career in Washington working for a member of the CBC, so I know firsthand the tremendous leadership and impact this caucus has in Congress and across the country.”
Evans Might Be Throwing Away a Promising Political Career
The step down from Harris’ office is widely construed as a career setback. Evans had worked with the VP in the race for office ahead of the ’20 election. He also contributed during the transition to the Biden-Harris presidency. Though he has now removed himself from contention for a potential promotion within the White House, it must be noted he is not the only Harris aide to voluntarily leave her office.
Symone Sanders, the former longtime aide and chief spokesperson for Harris, also departed her office last month. Making matters worse is the fact that Ashley Etienne, the communications director for Harris, also vacated her post with the Harris team last month. Harris’ Director of Press Operations also resigned within the past year.
Psaki’s Response to the Departure
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, insists the exodus of staffers from the VP’s office is perfectly “natural” and that it should be interpreted as “…a very positive thing.” She went on to describe how working in the White House during the initial year of a new presidential administration “…is exciting and rewarding, but it’s also grueling and exhausting.”
Psaki insists the flurry of departures is par for the course, pointing to prior precedent in which staffers who have worked their tails off for sitting VPs transition to new challenges after a year or two. She draws parallels between these former VP staffers and those who recently departed the Harris team.
Evans’ New Role Won’t Be Nearly as Demanding
If the rumors about Harris’ demeanor and short temper are true, Evans is in for a smooth ride with the Congressional Black Caucus. Evans previously served as an aide to Al Lawson, a Congress member from Florida. Evans will now work closely with Joyce Beatty, the chair of the 56-member Congressional Black Caucus.
Evans, a graduate of Florida A&M, has been heavily involved in Tallahassee politics for the previous 10 years. He served as a Florida Senate staff member prior to working for Curtis Richardson, the Commissioner of Tallahassee City. Evans started working for Richardson in 2015. His stint with Richardson’s team lasted merely one year.
Evans transitioned to the role of statewide director for Hillary Clinton, lending assistance in her ’16 presidential campaign. He then segued to Lawson’s staff after he won a seat in Congress. Though few know it, Evans even played a role in the election of Joe Biden, serving as the now-President’s southern regional director during the ’20 campaign that unseated Donald Trump from the Oval Office.
The Harris Team has Lost a Political Superstar
Evans’ departure is a clear indictment of Harris’ lack of professionalism and inadequate social graces. Beatty heaped on the praise for Evans, noting he “…knows the importance of developing critical relationships when it comes to public policy.”
Lawson also sang Evans’ praises, describing his former aide with the following words: “He just brings a wealth of knowledge to the caucus, and I think that’s very important because you have a lot of different personalities.”
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Even representatives speaking on behalf of the Harris office spoke highly of Evans. The VP’s deputy press secretary, Sabrina Sing, issued a statement about Evans departure, stating, “Vince has been an invaluable member of our team. We are grateful for Vince’s service and dedication, and we look forward to working with him in his new role at the Congressional Black Caucus.”