Welcome to POLITICO’s West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration. With Allie Bice.
If you’ve read a critical piece about Vice President KAMALA HARRIS any time in the past few years, you’ve almost certainly seen a quote from GIL DURAN.
The veteran California Democratic operative-turned-political pundit and columnist worked briefly as an aide for Harris in 2013, when she was attorney general of California. During his time in her office, he said he witnessed dysfunction and managerial issues leading to low morale among some staff. He left with little fanfare after just five months.
But as Harris’ profile has risen over the past several years, culminating ultimately in her ascendance to the vice presidency, Duran, now an opinion editor for the San Francisco Examiner,…