The office of Vice President Kamala Harris saw two high-profile departures in the past week-and-a-half, as both chief spokesperson Symone Sanders and communications director Ashley Etienne announced they would be stepping down.

The White House has said that both departures were long-planned, but given the multitude of reports alleging a toxic work environment in Harris’ office, most reporters were skeptical. CNN’s Chris Cilizza, whose takes and general level of political awareness can be very questionable at times, was even able to detect the obvious, writing, “Top advisers to a vice president don’t just randomly leave less than a year into a term. One departure might be explained away by extenuating circumstances. Two? No way.”

On Friday, Axios published a report stating that the turnover in Harris was fueled by “burnout, better opportunities and concern about being permanently branded a ‘Harris person.'”

The report notes that burnout is natural, but raises further questions regarding perceptions of the vice president.

“One recurring theme, though, is concern — even fear — about career harm by being too closely linked to a flagging operation,” the report states. “Axios is told some Harris staffers want to work on Biden’s reelection campaign, while others don’t want to be aligned with Harris in the event another promising Democrat runs for president in 2024.”

Staffers not wanting to “be aligned” with Harris or branded a “Harris person” in the future certainly seems like a big deal. In recent weeks, national publications have reported that Harris is likely to face multiple challengers when she runs for president in either 2024 or 2028, and that rivals are skeptical of her chances in a primary.

One poll from earlier this week did find, however, that Harris leads a hypothetical 2024 Democratic primary field in the event President Joe Biden does not seek re-election.

You can read the full Axios report here.

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