Kamala camp hit with one-two punch; staffer splits with scathing letter, quickly scooped up by Bloomberg

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Flush with cash — his own — billionaire Michael Bloomberg scooped up a member of Sen. Kamala Harris’ campaign staff, and the female staffer didn’t part ways quietly.

Now that he’s official in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, the former mayor of New York City hired Kelly Mehlenbacher to be his deputy chief operating officer, the New York Post reported.

Mehlenbacher was the Iowa operations director for the Harris campaign, and served as the treasury manager for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, and she left a scathing resignation letter earlier this month critiquing the California Democrat’s campaign.

Not that she had soured on the candidate, it appears.

“This is my third presidential campaign and I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly,” Mehlenbacher wrote of the Harris campaign. “While I still believe that Senator Harris is the strongest candidate to win in the General Election in 2020, I no longer have confidence in our campaign or its leadership.”

With Harris struggling to compete in the Democratic primary, it was reported late last month that her campaign would lay off staff and significantly cut costs and this seems to be where Mehlenbacher takes exception in the letter, dated November 11.

She added, “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,” the letter continued. “It is unacceptable that with less than 90 days until Iowa we still do not have a real plan to win.”

Politico reported on “significant turbulence” in Harris’ campaign as she sank in polls, and the candidate’s concentrating the resources she has in Iowa “banking on a come-from-behind, top-three finish to jump start her spiraling chances in South Carolina.”

Worth an estimated $54 billion, Bloomberg is self-funding his campaign and he has money to burn.

After just purchasing $30 million in television ads to launch his 2020 presidential bid, Bloomberg is buying another $9.5 million of air time in key markets like Los Angeles and Houston, according to the Post.

Here’s a sampling of the responses to the story from Twitter:

As for the resignation letter, adept social media users saw it as representative of the entire Democrat Party:


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