Harris Hires, Jamal Simmons, Morehouse Alum


Jamal Simmons, a veteran top Democratic communications aide, has been tapped to be Vice President Kamala Harris’ communications director, a White House official has confirmed.

The move is a reset after a rocky first year for the vice president, the departures of two senior aides in Harris’ press and communications operation, Symone Sanders and Ashley Etienne in December. The vice president’s office has begun retooling after a year filled with scrutiny and negative headlines on Harris that neither the White House or her office were really prepared for.

Simmons, a Michigan native who is widely respected in Democratic circles, has been involved in national politics since the Clinton administration. He went on to serve as deputy communications director for the Gore presidential campaign.

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