Kamala Harris Claims She Spoke With GOP Senator On Voting Legislation But Staff Clarified What Was Discussed
In a phone interview with CBS News, Vice President Kamala Harris said she was communicating with Republican senators and leaders about S.1, the Democrat-backed voting bill. She informed CBS that she had discussed the bill with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
The issue is that Harris did not discuss voting legislation with Murkowski. Harris’s staff had to explain to CBS that the conversation with Murkowski was about infrastructure, not voting.
“I have spoken to Republican senators — both elected Republicans and Republican leaders. I’ve talked with [Senator Lisa] Murkowski about this issue,” Harris told the outlet.
“Harris’ office later clarified that the two had discussed infrastructure, not voting rights,” CBS reported following the interview.
Murkowski has also spoken out against S.1, calling it a “partisan, federal takeover of the election system,” according to the outlet. However, Murkowski is a co-sponsor of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which is opposed by Republicans but has White House approval.
Harris has been struggling in her position as vice president, and this is the latest setback for her. This comes after reports that Harris’ team is “traumatized” at her office and “terrified” that she would replace President Joe Biden if he dies before the end of his term.
“It’s a nightmare scenario for some former Harris staffers who watched nervously as their former boss ascended the national political stage,” Business Insider reported last week.
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“Many of them remain loyal Democrats and fans of Biden, but they didn’t want to see a boss with whom they’d had a bad experience become the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer. Biden, at 78, was already the oldest person to assume the US presidency. He’ll be a few weeks shy of his 82nd birthday on Election Day 2024, and there’s already speculation six months into his term over whether he’ll run for reelection,” the outlet added.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the employees “spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect professional relationships,” adding that “Harris’ job trajectory means it’s well within reason she could become the most powerful person on the planet.”
The Biden White House reportedly tried to prevent the notion that Harris operates a “abusive environment” from gaining traction in July, according to The Daily Wire. According to five individuals who talked to CNN about the dynamics inside Harris’ office, the Biden administration was “trying to stop a drama-filled narrative from taking hold.”
In June, a Politico story revealed Harris’ workplace conflicts for the first time.
“People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment. It’s not a healthy environment and people often feel mistreated. It’s not a place where people feel supported but a place where people feel treated like s***,” someone who has direct knowledge of the situation in the vice president’s office told Politico.
“The dysfunction in the VP’s ranks threatens to complicate the White House’s carefully crafted image as a place staffed by a close-knit group of professionals working in concert to advance the president’s agenda. It’s pronounced enough that members of the president’s own team have taken notice and are concerned about the way Harris’ staffers are treated,” the outlet added.
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