‘The Final Straw’: Kamala Harris Aide Resigns, Says Staff Is Treated ‘so Poorly’

An aide to Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-Calif.) presidential campaign isn’t too thrilled with how the 2020 Democrats’ campaign has apparently treated its staff.

State operations director Kelly Mehlenbacher wrote a resignation letter — which goes into effect on Nov. 30 — explaining how it was her third presidential campaign “and I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly,” according to The New York Times, who obtained the resignation letter dated Nov. 11.

“While I still believe that Senator Harris is the strongest candidate to win in the General Election in 2020, I no longer have confidence in our campaign or its leadership,” Mehlenbacher wrote, adding, “The treatment of our staff over the last two weeks was the final straw in this very difficult decision.”

Mehlenbacher continued:

“It is not acceptable to me that we encouraged people to move from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore only to lay them off with no notice, with no plan for the campaign, and without thoughtful consideration of the personal consequences to them or the consequences that their absence would have on the remaining staff. It is unacceptable that we would lay off anyone that we hired only weeks earlier. It is unacceptable that with less than 90 days until Iowa we still do not have a real plan to win. Our campaign For the People is made up of diverse talent which is being squandered by indecision and a ‘lack of leaders who will lead.’ That is unacceptable.”

In late October, Harris’ campaign laid off staff at its Baltimore headquarters, seeking to focus on Iowa.

“Campaigns have highs and lows, mistakes and miscalculations, lessons learned and adjustments made. But, because we have refused to confront our mistakes, foster an environment of critical thinking and honest feedback, or trust the expertise of talented staff, we find ourselves making the same unforced errors over and over,” Mehlenbacher wrote in the letter.

According to RealClearPolitics, Harris is at 3.8 points, trailing behind South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg as she sits in the fifth spot in the crowded 2020 Democratic field.


  1. Time to throw in the towel. She’s wasted enough money and really didn’t stand a chance anyway.

  2. Phylliphilis seems to be quite interested in President Trump’s life BEFORE he was President. Even has a time line. You go Phyl!!! The takeaway for THIS story is that Harris is mean spirited and not capable of running her own campaign.

    1. She can’t sleep with the general public, unlike Willie Brown, who launched her political career.

      Plus, she denies/lies about her own record as a prosecutor/AG.

  3. In the end it is Kamela Harris mismanagement and a direct reflection of her ability or lack of to lead.

  4. How can this person think Harris is the best candidate when she believes Kamala mistreats her staff? Wouldn’t that incompetence transfer to the country? Guess Mehlenbacher doesn’t care much for the country as well.

  5. She is a major pander. When she can’t answer a real question she starts giggling. Not presidential material

  6. This inability to effectively run her campaign is a disqualifier. How do you lead a nation when you can’t lead a campaign?

  7. She isn’t a winner anyway, this shows her lack of leadership & her true character.
    All signs of a looser.

  8. What exactly would one expect from this creature? She learned everything she knows from “Big Willie” Brown!

  9. What exactly would one expect from a woman who got her “start” in politics on her knees?

  10. The Dems DONT KNOW HOW to treat people right!! THATS WHY they are losing staff members!!! DEMS ARE PATHETIC!!!

    1. Let’s review….How many Cabinet and staff members have resigned or been fired from the Trump administration? He is on his 3rd chief of staff. His 6th Director of WH Communications. His 4th Sec. of Homeland Security. His 4th National Security Director. His 3rd Sec of Defense and 2nd Sec of State And let’s review Trump’s 2016 campaign managers- Roger Stone, Corey Lewandowsky, Paul Manafort then Kelly Conway & Steve Bannon. For a guy who promised to hire the “best people,” his track record is pathetic.

  11. I thought Harris had all the makings of a dictator and this confirms it.

    1. I could not find a policy position she remained consistent. Eliminate private insurance–not eliminate private insurance–eliminate private insurance in 4 years—no elimination of private insurance. Pro-federal busing laws–Anti-federal busing laws. I really thought she was out of consideration months ago.

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