Inside the West Wing, the mystique of Kamala Harris has long lifted

There’s an air of resignation hanging over West Wing aides who deal with Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as she travels the country promoting her campaign for president. Harris, the junior senator from California, is…

Inside the West Wing, the mystique of Kamala Harris has long lifted

There’s an air of resignation hanging over West Wing aides who deal with Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as she travels the country promoting her campaign for president.

Harris, the junior senator from California, is getting personal with potential staffers to run her likely 2020 campaign, sources inside the West Wing said. Staffers and advisers to Harris, who are clearly wining and dining her, are trying to find the right staff, but are having a tough time meeting her demands. Harris has even asked for guidance on hiring future aides from inside the West Wing.

“I think everybody just let go of the fact that she’s running and gave up trying to figure out whether she can hire people,” one West Wing aide said.

Harris, a former district attorney and state attorney general, has already gone from California to Iowa, seeking to build a network of potential aides who can serve as her future team.

But aides tell me they remain unsure how Harris will structure her early presidential campaign, leaving West Wing aides to essentially throw up their hands and make the best of it.

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