Kamala Harris is losing another staffer. This time it is her director of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs, Michael Collins. He has been on the job for sixteen months. Just two weeks after two other senior staffers turned in their resignations, Collins is also resigning.
It was bad enough that Kamala’s latest speechwriter quit, but considering how Kamala delivers speeches, who could blame that person? Imagine telling people you are Kamala’s speechwriter. Meghan Groob only lasted four months in that position. The other person who quit two weeks ago was Rohini Kosoglu, Kamala’s domestic policy adviser. The exodus of staff from the vice-president’s office has been a steady stream for months.
Michael Collins penned a letter to the staff announcing his departure. It sounds like he’s leaving in about two weeks.
“It has been a difficult decision, but I’ve decided to leave this amazing experience in the middle of August and transition to the next stage of my life,” he wrote. “I’m so grateful to the Vice President for trusting me with this privilege and was honored to support the President’s and Vice President’s tireless, committed and historic work.”
It seems that the White House is getting its ducks in a row with staff as we approach the November midterm elections. We know that the White House communications director, Kate Bedingfield, was begged to stay on after tendering her resignation. This White House is in desperate need of communication skills because Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have none. The press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, is truly horrible at her job, too.
Additionally, multiple mid-level aides have moved to higher profile positions in the administration after an internal push by White House chief of staff Ron Klain to finalize Biden’s senior team for the coming months in preparation for a heated political season in advance of the midterm elections.
Doesn’t the director of public engagement sound like a position that would be important as elections approach? Shouldn’t that person be arranging opportunities for Kamala to speak with various groups they hope will vote for Democrats in November? Especially with the predicted red wave coming, it seems that Collins is getting out just as everything really heats up, doesn’t it?
Collins previously worked as the chief of staff to former Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis prior to the congressman’s death in 2020. The duo had worked together for 21 years. Collins said his work with Harris was an extension of his work with Lewis in an interview with ABC News last year.
“I’m trying to live out his legacy. It’s been a journey — it’s been a journey,” Collins said. “I’m fortunate enough to now be working for the vice president of the United States. Her leadership is something that I’m looking forward to just embarking on in the world. And this is an extension of the work that I did with him, and I look forward to that tremendously.”
Ah, he used to work for John Lewis. Maybe that solves this puzzle. Lewis was known for working tirelessly in pursuit of his causes. Kamala, however, isn’t one to break a sweat over anything. Her daily schedules are very light and she has failed to show much effort in tasks she’s been given by Biden. She’s the border czar who hasn’t been to the border, except for one brief trip to El Paso. She leads the National Space Council and hired child actors for a PSA. Kamala has taken an interest in being the abortion czar since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade but who knows how long that will keep her occupied? She was also tasked with getting the progressives’ voting rights bill passed in the Senate. That hasn’t happened.
Maybe Collins spent sixteen months in Kamala’s office and realized that things are not going to be better. She’s not setting the world on fire and he won’t get the satisfaction of accomplishment he might have expected from working for her. So, he’s out of there. Not only is Kamala not exactly a hard worker, she is rumored to not treat staff well and is difficult to work with. The president’s poll numbers are the lowest of any president ever at this point in his first term. (He won’t have a second term.) His choices in picking his vice-president and his cabinet have left much to be desired.