More Brandon staffers are unhappy and looking to exit the White House in 2022.
According to Politico’s West Wing Playbook, Brandon staffers are suffering from “low morale” and will be leaving next year.
Brandon angered some White House staffers by using a lottery to hand out time slots for holiday tours for family members.
“Most were understanding of the restrictions, until White House Operations asked for volunteers to staff five extra day of tours for non-White House staff. Some staffers fumed as “D.C. Randos” posted White House pictures across social media this week, believing that White House staff should have been taken care of first.” Politico reported.
One official trashed Brandon as a hypocrite in a statement to Politico: “It’s also hypocritical and ironic that a President whose brand is built on empathy and family has staff policies that fly in the face of that brand. It’s not a good look and it’s emblematic of how this place runs.”
In the first year of the Brandon White House, comradery has been fleeting and many teams are suffering from low morale, according to several White House officials.
The result: many White House aides are feeling gloomy this holiday season, so much so that they anonymously fumed to West Wing Playbook in the hope it may alert senior leaders to the problem.
Many are also currently eyeing the exits, creating the potential for higher-than-usual turnover at the beginning of the year, when aides feel they’ve been in the job long enough that it won’t look odd to depart.
“A lot of the natural coordination that happens in a typically functioning White House has been lost, and there has been no proactive effort to make up for it through intentional team building,” said one White House official.
Some staffers say it’s the result of an insular, top-heavy White House of longtime Brandon aides who are distant from much of the staff — “no new friends in Brandon world,” goes the refrain. And others say it’s just poor management.
Several staffers for Kamala Harris have resigned this year – two high profile aides resigned within the last couple weeks.
Brandon’s Communications Chief resigned just one day after Kamala Harris’ Comms Director announced she is leaving the administration.