Several top Biden officials plan exits ahead of the midterms

As the White House tries to shore up Democrats’ sagging poll numbers ahead of the midterm elections, an increasing number of top-level Biden administration officials are anticipated to resign in the coming weeks. The resignations come as an increasing number of liberal activists express dissatisfaction with the Biden administration’s apparent inactivity on a variety of issues, including immigration reform, gun control, climate change, and voting rights.

Cedric Richmond, a former Louisiana congressman and one of Biden’s top legislative negotiators, will reportedly enter the private sector in May and will most likely begin working for the Democratic National Committee, according to Jonathan Martin of the New York Times. Biden’s two biggest legislative successes, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan and the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, were both aided by Richmond.

That announcement comes a week after White House climate advisor Gina McCarthy was said to be considering departure as well, citing unhappiness with the administration’s poor progress in switching to renewable energy sources and failure to pass climate measures.

Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, has also been in talks with several media outlets about landing her first post-White House job. She was said to have agreed to terms with NBC News to host a show on the Peacock streaming service beginning in May. However, neither she nor the White House has confirmed the date of her departure.

The team of Vice President Kamala Harris has also endured high staff turnover, with a number of her senior advisers leaving recently, including former communications director Symone Sanders and chief of staff Tina Flournoy.

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