Kamala Harris hires two communications assistants :: WRAL.com

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–Vice President Kamala Harris hired Lorraine Voles and Adam Frankel to help with her office’s communication capacity, according to a White House official.

“Their experience has been and will continue to be a valuable resource for our entire team as we establish long-term planning and deliver on the administration’s ambitious political agenda,” the White House official told CNN.

The two, who each worked for Harris during the presidential transition, will focus their efforts on “organizational development, strategic communications and long-term planning.”

The Washington Post was the first to report on hiring.

Voles, a seasoned communications strategist and former Clinton and Gore employee, will serve on a temporary basis on a three to six month contract, a source close to Harris’s office told CNN. Frankel is also temporary, according to the White House official.

The hires come after a difficult summer for the vice president, during which she drew criticism after several messaging missteps and staffing issues. Republicans seized on every apparent misstep, relentlessly targeting Harris as part of a long-term strategy to weaken a potential future Democratic presidential candidate.

During her first overseas trip to office, in June, Harris fumbled with a politically sensitive issue during an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt about why she had yet to visit the US-Mexico border in as vice-president.

At the time, several allies and former aides to the vice president described having “flashbacks” of the misstep as part of a larger pattern of messaging challenges that has plagued her since her unsuccessful presidential campaign.

Holt’s interview came after Harris participated in an extensive media training session to improve his delivery and presentation in interviews and speeches. This training was one of many sessions last year, according to several sources. An assistant said at the time that the session was not in response to or in preparation for an interview or a particular topic.

In July, the White House plunged into damage control after reports of malfunction and infighting in the vice president’s office, with the administration trying to prevent a dramatic narrative from taking hold, according to five people who have spoke to CNN about the dynamics within Harris. ‘ Office.

Responding to past criticism of his messages and staff, the White House reaffirmed that Harris remains focused on his work, which included paying close attention to voting rights and immigration, including addressing the root causes of migration from Central America.

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