How Kamala Harris’ campaign unravelled

Jonathan Martin & Alexander Burns | NYT News Service | Updated: Dec 1, 2019, 0:32 ISTKamala Harris (AFP photo)WASHINGTON: In November, a few days after Senator Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign announced widespread layoffs and an intensified focus on Iowa, her senior aides gathered for a staff meeting at their headquarters. Some Harris aides have barely…

How Kamala Harris’ campaign unravelled

Jonathan Martin & Alexander Burns | NYT News Service | Updated: Dec 1, 2019, 0:32 ISTKamala Harris (AFP photo)WASHINGTON: In November, a few days after Senator Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign announced widespread layoffs and an intensified focus on Iowa, her senior aides gathered for a staff meeting at their headquarters. Some Harris aides have barely been able to suppress their fury about what they saw as the undoing of a once-promising campaign. Days later, Kelly Mehlenbacher, the state operations director, wrote a blistering resignation letter, obtained by NYT. “This is my third presidential campaign and I have never seen an organisation treat its staff so poorly,” Mehlenbacher wrote, assailing Rodriguez and Harris’ sister, Maya, the campaign chairwoman, for laying off aides with no notice. “With less
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