Vice President Kamala Harris and her Chief of Staff Tina Floronoy clap as they watch the Senate vote to pass the US rescue plan in the West Wing of the White House, Saturday, March 6, 2021.
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Vice President Kamala Harris’s chief of staff Tina Floronoy has established a reputation as a tough gatekeeper, using the same tactics she used when overseeing the post-office White House office of former President Bill Clinton.
Florenoy’s tough approach, which includes barring longtime colleagues from contacting Harris, has garnered both praise and criticism.
This has also created tension within the vice president’s team and among his outside confidants and donors. politician Reported There is chaos in Harris’ office on Wednesday, and most of the frustration is with Flornoy. He supervised about 10 employees in Clinton’s office, while the Vice President’s office typically has a staff of up to 100 people.
Many who say he was close to Clinton before Florenoy became chief of staff in 2013 spoke to Acesparks after a story published earlier this week described the management’s access to Harris.
Many people questioned his methods while working for Clinton. Some said Flornoy yelled at Clinton aides, while others said he limited staff access to the former president and ignored his views.
Others praised Flornoy, saying that his approach was essential given Harris’ busy slate. He has many defenders in Washington, including the former president himself, his aides, and even the former chief of staff of Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.
“Tina Flornoy has run my office for more than eight years, making it more efficient, effective and transparent. She has made it easier for me to pursue my philanthropic work and post-presidency activities, and to keep in touch with me. Made it, not hard. Guys,” Clinton said in a statement to Acesparks for the first time on Thursday. “She has an unparalleled ability to focus on the big picture and adapt to changing circumstances. And she does it all with a great sense of humor and an unwavering belief that we all have the capacity and obligation to make a difference. She An extraordinary person, and I am very fortunate and forever grateful to have had my chief of staff.”
Matt McKenna, who was Clinton’s spokesman during Flournoy’s tenure, commended him for helping create a much-needed structure for Clinton’s office.
“I think Tina put some much-needed structure and railings around that operation and I’m grateful for that,” McKenna told Acesparks on Wednesday.
Minion Moore, who worked at the Clinton White House and helped introduce Flornoy to Harris, defends her friend Tweet: “Tina Florony is focused, disciplined, and the person I’d like to be by my side.” Moore did not return Acesparks’s request for comment for a back story on Florenoy.
After Acesparks published their story, several aides of Biden and Harris took to Twitter to defend Flornoy.
Jennifer Palmeri, who worked in President Barack Obama’s White House and later Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, “The chief of staff has to intervene. Doesn’t always make you popular. But it’s part of the job. Protecting the boss’s time.” Do it.” tweeted.
Steven Law, once McConnell’s chief of staff, tweeted In support of Harris’s work of Florenoy. He said people complaining about the lack of access are “whispers” who “need to get a life.”
“Welcome to the White House,” he said.
A Harris spokesman did not respond to questions seeking comment.
For others, recent reports about Floronoy’s strategy reminded him of his conversations with him while working for Clinton.
Some of those who discussed their experience with Florenoy declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak about their time around Clinton, while others did not want to risk retaliation from Florenoy.
People familiar with the matter said that at times, Florenoy yelled at Clinton’s aides, who wanted personal support from Bill and Hillary Clinton.
One example of how Florenoy used her power was when she yelled at Clinton aides after trying to get personal favors from Bill and Hillary Clinton, people familiar with the matter explained.
“It was shocking,” said one person as Florenoy yelled at them. “It was shocking because I said to myself, ‘I’m an adult. I’ve known these people for a really long time, and I don’t work for you.’ You can’t call me and shout.”
On several occasions, those who worked under Flournoy in Clinton’s office felt that she was boxed out because she only supported certain ideas.
After Flournoy was hired in 2013, many senior advisers who continued to work under her leadership ceased to have as much access as people had on the matter prior to Clinton’s arrival.
Campaign Chairman John Podesta hugs former US President Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff Tina Floronoy as she addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the US election at a hotel in the Manhattan borough of New Participated in an event organized. York, November 9, 2016.
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“Before people went to the scheduling meeting, they had to meet him first and everything had to be run by him,” said a former Clinton aide. “People would prepare a memo and she had to look at it first. Sometimes she’d change it, sometimes she’d throw it away.”
“When you start trying to control their other senior advisors who have their best interests in mind, it kind of becomes an information void,” this person said.
An example of Floronoy’s management style is evident in a set of 2014 emails reviewed by Acesparks.
The first email says that an Associated Press reporter based in Clinton’s hometown of Little Rock, Ark., was preparing to write a story on the Clinton Foundation’s finances. The email includes the text of a previously published AP article to serve as an example of the Clinton Foundation story, which was expected in a few days. The email asked leaders of the Clinton office and the Foundation for thoughts on the upcoming piece.
Flornoy, not knowing that the text was from an old AP article, then wrote back with an edit to the story.
“I will change the paragraph below to ‘After Hillary Clinton steps down as Secretary of State,'” one of Florenoy’s suggestions read.
About two hours after sending that email, McKenna, a former Clinton spokesman, highlighted the suggestions in a response.
“I’m not 100% sure, except I’m 100% sure, that you’re editing a year old story from Associated
Press’ Little Rock Bureau,” he wrote. “For the bottom, I’m delighted to be with the Bureau Chief in Little Rock.”
Flournoy was among the more than a dozen people cc’d on that email.