Another staff member of Vice President Kamala Harris is jumping ship. Reuters reported on an internal staff memo sent out Monday that was obtained by the media outlet. Michael Fuchs served as foreign policy advisor to former President Bill Clinton and worked in senior positions at the U.S. State Department under Obama.
Fuchs served as Harris’s deputy chief of staff and “advised Harris one domestic and international issues, helped manage staff and often accompanied her on foreign trips” reports Reuters. Fuchs will remain in his current role until early May when a replacement is found in order to “ensure a smooth transition.”
JUST IN: Vice President Kamala Harris's deputy chief of staff Michael Fuchs is leaving the administration. -Reuters
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One clever Twitter user responded that Kamala Harris doesn’t “give a Fuchs.” That may in fact be the case, as multiple reports have indicated the Vice President holds down a very toxic office environment. Fuchs is the eleventh notable member of her team to quit since she took office, not more than 12 months ago.
Reuters also reported that Harris will be hiring a new chief speechwriter, who used to work as an editorial director at Gates Ventures, where she was a speechwriter for Bill Gates. Meghan Groob will join team Harris and replace Harris’s director of speechwriting, who left at the end of February. Groob was also a senior speechwriter in the Obama administration.
Fox News reports of the veep’s other departed staffers:
Fuchs’ exit follows those of others including deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh, chief spokesperson Symone Sanders, deputy director of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs Vincent Evans, director of Harris’ press operations Peter Velz, vice presidential national security adviser Amb. Nancy McEldowney, and director of speechwriting Kate Childs Graham.
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In a recent television appearance, Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal stirred controversy and faced intense criticism from fellow Democrats for her remarks seemingly downplaying reported sexual violence by Hamas terrorists against Israeli women.
The contentious comments come amid disturbing accounts of rape and brutal assaults following Hamas’ surprise attack on Israel on October 7, with prominent Democrats expressing outrage and demanding unequivocal condemnation.
According to reports from Fox News, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz from Florida called for a forceful denouncement of sexual violence and condemning any attempt to create moral equivalence between Hamas and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). The accusations of rape and sexual assault have sparked concern about the well-being of Israelis still held hostage by Hamas.
During her appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Jayapal faced scrutiny for not outright condemning Hamas for the alleged acts, instead emphasizing the broader impact of war on women.
Furthermore, the comments drew swift criticism, with Representative Ritchie Torres of New York insisting on the need for unequivocal condemnation of sexual violence against Israeli women.
Despite Jayapal’s history of advocating against sexual violence, her recent remarks have led to a significant intra-party clash, with Democrats challenging the notion of finding a balance or moral equivalence in addressing such sensitive matters.
The controversy underscores the complexities that arise when lawmakers navigate geopolitical conflicts while upholding principles of justice and human rights. As tensions escalate within the party, the incident highlights the broader challenges of maintaining a unified front on contentious global issues.
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