Understandably, White House staffers are jumping ship left and right, but it's not just President Joe Biden's crew scrambling for the exit.
According to an NBC News report, a top aide to first lady Jill Biden is calling it quits. At least for now.
Elizabeth Alexander, Jill Biden’s communications director, announced a leave of absence from her post to work on President Biden's 2024 campaign as the White House struggles to figure out how to convince the American public to vote for a failed president. Again.
Alexander tweeted the news this week, writing, "Honored and excited to get started!"
Honored and excited to get started!
“Alexander will take a brief leave of absence from her role as First Lady Jill Biden’s communications director to help stand up the messaging arm of President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign..”
— Elizabeth Alexander (@EAlexander332) May 1, 2023
NBC News noted:
The move speaks to how Biden’s campaign is still taking shape, one week after he announced he would seek another term. The campaign announced only two staff hires on its first day: campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez and principal deputy campaign manager Quentin Fulks.
"Since 2006, Elizabeth has been a steadfast advisor to President Biden and the first lady. Her deep communications knowledge and expertise will serve the campaign well — helping stand up a campaign communication team that will reach voters where they are across all forms of media, while staying true to who Joe Biden is,” Biden adviser Anita Dunn said in a statement.
Anthony Bernal, a senior adviser to Jill Biden echoed praises of Alexander's role in the administration.
"There’s nobody better at establishing roles, responsibility and process than Elizabeth," Bernal said. "She has a really unique perspective to know how to represent both of their interests."
"[Alexander] is smart, strategic, she’s done this a bunch in different capacities, and above all she has the trust of both the president and first lady,” Carney said. “That makes it obvious for her to be the person who does this," said Jay Carney, one of her colleagues.
NEW: Elizabeth Alexander is leaving FLOTUS' office -- temporarily, advisers insist -- to build out the comms shop for Biden reelect. She's among the longest-serving and most trusted members of Bidenworld, having served in top roles with POTUS & FLOTUS https://t.co/xt1F4yz7YR
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) May 1, 2023
Give credit where credit is due, as working for Biden as a communications manager for his upcoming campaign seems like a career suicide position.
With strong Republican opponents and perhaps even internal challenges for the Democratic nomination, Biden's team will have a mountain of obstacles to gain any ground.
Only time will tell what happens, but either way, it's going to be one heck of an election season.