Vice President Kamala Harris has hired two advisers to join a team focused on restoring the vice president’s public image as polls show that she is viewed more unfavorably than every previous vice president in modern American history.
“Lorraine Voles and Adam Frankel, who worked with Harris during the transition, have joined the team and will focus on strategic communications, long-term planning and organizational development, a White House official with knowledge of the matter said,” Reuters reports. The official added, “Their experience has been and will continue to be a valuable resource for our whole team, as we map out long-term planning and fulfill the administration’s ambitious policy agenda.”
“The hires come amid a sense of anxiety among some Democrats about Harris’s first year as vice president. Many in the party view Harris, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for president, as a leading candidate to take the mantle from the 78-year-old President Biden either in 2024, should he choose not to run for reelection, or in 2028,” The Washington Post reported.
Harris’s popularity began to consistently fall after she was placed in charge of handling Biden’s border crisis in March. Harris took nearly 100 days to visit the border after it was placed under her responsibility. At the same time, illegal immigration soared to the highest level in 20 years.
The crisis continued to worsen even after Harris visited the border, with encounters at the southern border passing 200,000 in July and again in August – the first time that number has been reached in 21 years.