Two key travel aides for Vice President Kamala Harris announced they will resign their positions in the upcoming weeks.
A spokeswoman for Harris indicated that the departures were “long-planned,” according to a report by the Washington Examiner.
However, given that Harris has only held the vice presidency for the past 5 months, one may question how the unnamed spokeswoman calculated a “long” period of time.
The departures included the director of advance, Karly Satkowiak and the deputy director of advance, Gabrielle DeFrancheschi.
Harris’ team has put a call out for applications to find replacements. “We aim to onboard a critical mass of talented logistical experts,” read an email from the White House to current and former employees according to The New York Times. The email also asked anyone who has served as an advance associate in the past to “consider doing so again.”
While the casting call smacks of desperation, “advance associates” are unpaid volunteers who plan the vice president’s travel and work with teams to prepare venues for the 49th vice president’s arrival. The government uses tax dollars to foot the bill for the associate’s travel expenses.
Some people have chimed in to suggest that the departures and shortage of travel staff may indicate that Harris is the type of boss you complain about to your spouse over dinner.
Sorry, for those who don’t know, an “advance” job is the people who help plan travel/trips and are usually on the ground before the principal/client/boss. They have to work incredibly long hours and deal with irate divas.
Kamala is clearly impossible.
— Raheem J. Kassam (@RaheemKassam) June 25, 2021
— Bill Griffis (@GriffisBill) June 25, 2021
The departures coincide with a full summer travel schedule where she and her husband, second gentleman Douglas Emhoff, are expected to travel significantly to make a big push to coerce, er, encourage people to get vaccinated.
Harris’ summer travel calendar also included her heavily criticized visit earlier this week to the U.S.-Mexico border where she was greeted by pro-Trump protesters, one of whom held a sign that read, “Kamala you know Trump won.”
Harris was handed the border crisis assignment over 90 days before she finally found time to mosey on down to take a look firsthand at the situation that many are calling a humanitarian crisis.
Her visit was met with criticism as she chose to visit El Paso, Texas instead of a more heavily impacted border area such as the Rio Grande Valley.
“I’m sure her planners told her that if you’re going to go down to the border, go to something that’s safer to go to, that is, politically safer,” Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from Texas, said Thursday. “The epicenter is down there in the Lower Rio Grande, the lower part of my district down there. If you look at the numbers that are down there compared to El Paso, you’re not going to get a true picture of what’s happening.”
It’s like she went to Europe. pic.twitter.com/UUYWM9PLAr
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 25, 2021
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