A top aide to Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris who stepped down to work for rival Mike Bloomberg left behind a resignation letter with a stinging critique of her former boss' campaign.
'This is my third presidential campaign and I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly,' wrote Kelly Mehlenenbacher in the November 11 letter obtained by the New York Times.
The letter came after the once promising campaign announced last-minute layoffs of staff in early November, reports the Times.
Kelly Mehlenenbacher, the former state operations director on Kamala Harris' presidential campaign who quit to join rival Mike Bloomberg's bid for the White House, left behind a stinging resignation letter
The resignation letter submitted by Kelly Mehlenenbacher, the former state operations director on Kamala Harris' presidential campaign, says she has 'never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly', after last-minute layoffs
Furious staffers, including Mehlenbacher, had questions about moving forward, but Harris' campaign manager Juan Rodriguez addressed concerns with general , unsatisfying answers, according to two campaign officials who spoke with the Times.
The sentiments of the furious staffers was reflected in Mehlenbacher's resignation letter, which came just days later.
'With less than 90 days until Iowa we still do not have a real plan to win', wrote the former state operations director, who quit to join Bloomberg's, campaign.
She and other of Harris' aides and supporters have gone nuclear on her sinking presidential campaign as her star power in the Democratic 2020 primary has faded.
Harris' presidential campaign, which has dropped to low single digitals in the polls and struggled with raising the money needed to support her bid, was subject to back-to-back political obituaries in The New York Times and Washington Post on Friday.
Harris, who was seen as a promising early contender to take on President Donald Trump next year, has struggled to come up with a consistent campaign message and strategy.
The pieces about her campaign struggles indicate the concern Democrats have that their once promising candidate doesn't have what it takes to win the nomination.
Kamala Harris' own aides and supporters are questioning her campaign tactics
Harris has shifted her campaign focus to Iowa, where she spent Thanksgiving
Harris has refocused her efforts in Iowa, the first state to vote in the Democratic primary process, after having to fire staff and close campaign offices in New Hampshire.
Harris and her family spent Thanksgiving in Iowa - the only presidential candidate to do so.
But the pieces in The Times and The Post feature aides questioning Rodriguez and report on in-fighting between different camps in the senator's campaign - including one siding with her sister, Maya Harris, who chairs the Harris campaign.
Mehlenbacher's blistering critique in the resignation letter did not help, showing how the campaing is struggling.
Harris had started off strong.
Her official campaign launch - on Martin Luther King Day in her hometown of Oakland, Califorinia - earned praise from none other than Donald Trump, who said she had 'the best opening so far' of the Democratic presidential wanna-bees.
The California senator also got in a memorable hit on frontrunner Joe Biden in the first Democratic primary debate, when she criticized his opposition to a federal school busing program in the 1970s