How Kamala Harris’ Campaign Unraveled In early November , a few days after Sen. Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign announced widespread layoffs , And an intensified focus on Iowa, her senior aides gathered for a staff meeting at their Baltimore headquarters .
What exactly was Harris’ new strategy? How much money and manpower could they put into Iowa? What would their presence be like in other early voting states? Rodriguez offered general, tentative answers that didn’t satisfy the room,
According to two campaign officials directly familiar with the conversation. Some Harris aides sitting at the table could barely suppress their fury about what they saw as the undoing of a once-promising campaign. Their feelings were reflected days later by Kelly Mehlenbacher,
The state operations director, in a blistering resignation letter obtained by The New York Times. “This is my third presidential campaign and I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly,” Mehlenbacher wrote, assailing Rodriguez and Harris’ sister, Maya,
The campaign chairwoman, for laying off aides with no notice. “With less than 90 days until Iowa we still do not have a real plan to win.” others dropping out and two more jumping in just this month. Yet there is only one candidate who rocketed to the top tier and then plummeted in early state polls to the low single digits: Harris.
From those polling results to Harris’ campaign operation, fundraising and debate performances, it has been a remarkable comedown for a senator from the country’s largest state, Yet, even to some Harris allies, her decline is more predictable than surprising.
In one instance after another, Harris and her closest advisers made flawed decisions about which states to focus on, issues to emphasize and opponents to target,