Desperate Harris Shakes Up Campaign

Via The Washington Examiner:

Sen. Kamala Harris is making changes at the upper echelons of her campaign in an attempt to keep her presidential ambitions alive.

┬áThe Democrat from California is adding senior adviser Laphonza Butlerher and her Senate chief of staff, Rohini Kosoglu, to the campaign’s ranks on a permanent basis. While Juan Rodriguez, the current campaign manager, will remain in the top job, Kosoglu and Butler are expected to oversee the operation’s various departments. Rodriguez, meanwhile, will focus on the budget and longer-term planning.

The White House bid of Harris, the two-term California state attorney general and a past San Francisco district attorney, initially drew comparisons with former President Barack Obama’s meteoric rise in national politics given similarities in their backgrounds. Despite a surge after confronting Joe Biden during the opening debates in Miami, the Oakland native’s popularity and fundraising power plummeted over the summer. Political observers blamed her inconsistency on the campaign trail for blunting her momentum, even in South Carolina, where the majority of the Democratic primary electorate is comprised of African Americans.

Harris downplayed concerns her campaign was in trouble late Tuesday, touting her renewed attention on Iowa ahead of the caucuses starting on Feb. 3.