Bloomberg Hires Top Staffer From Struggling Harris Campaign

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who announced a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Nov. 24, has hired a top staffer away from Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

Kelly Mehlenbacher, the Iowa operations director for the Harris campaign, joined Bloombergs campaign this week as its deputy chief operating officer, a campaign spokesperson confirmed to outlets including Breitbart.

Before serving on the Harris campaign, Mehlenbacher was the treasury manager for 2008 and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and for the State Department during President Barack Obamas administration, according to her LinkedIn.

Harris, 55, has been struggling in the primary race. She started off as a top contender in the polls before dropping dramatically over the summer. Her campaign faced resignations after a round of layoffs earlier this month.

“This is my third presidential campaign and I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly,” Mehlenbacher wrote in a resignation letter (pdf) dated Nov. 30. “While I still believe that Senator Harris is the strongest candidate to win in the General Election in 2020 no longer have confidence in our campaign or its leadership. The treatment of our staff over the last two weeks was the final straw in this very difficult decision.”

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) speaks to the press in the Spin Room after participating in the fifth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on Nov. 20, 2019. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

“It is not acceptable to me that we encouraged people to move from Washington, DC to Baltimore only to lay them off with no notice, with no plan for the campaign, and without thoughtful consideration of the personal consequences to them or the consequences that their absence would have on the remaining staff. It is unacceptable that we would lay off anyone that we hired only weeks earlier. Itis unacceptableRead More – Source