Ashley Etienne has decided to step down as communications chief for Vice President Kamala Harris from next month after her poll numbers fell to a historical low.
“She is leaving the office in December to pursue other opportunities,” a White House official told Fox News on Thursday, Nov. 18.
The official said Ashley is a valued member of Harris’s team, “who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration.”
Before transitioning to Harris’s team after the 2020 election, Etienne served as communications director for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) twice and as a former senior adviser to Joe Biden.
Her decision on departure came following a recent report that outlined frustration and dysfunction in Harris’ office.
CNN citing one source claimed that Etienne did not play a sufficiently active role in crafting a communications strategy for the vice president.
Perhaps because of being ill-served, Harris’ favorability rating slipped to a historically bad number for a vice president. A USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll released recently found that Harris’ approval rating is just 28%, with 51% of voters disapproving of what she was doing.
Even a left-lean ABC News has raised a question about her weak position.
During “Good Morning America” on Thursday, Nov. 18, anchor George Stephanopoulos asked if Harris felt “misused or underused” by the White House. The vice president defended her role in the administration, insisting that she and President Joe Biden have been able to deliver for the country.