Kate Bedingfield, long-time advisor for Old Uncle Joe and the current White House communications director, has announced their plan to leave the White House and join the large number of other communications officials choosing to cut ties with the administration right before the midterm elections.
Bedingfield’s career as one of the top aides for Biden stretches all the way back to her role as his communications director throughout Biden’s second term as vice president under Barack Obama. She played a major role in Biden taking the victory for his presidential run, acting as deputy campaign manager for the entirety of his 2020 bid.
“She has played a huge role in everything the President has achieved – from his second term as Vice President, through the campaign, and since coming to the White House,” claimed Ron Klain, the Chief of Staff for Biden, in a statement.
Bedingfield started her career as White House communications director at the beginning of Biden’s presidency and has since been credited with playing a major role in the carrying out of the Biden administration’s agenda.
“Without Kate Bedingfield’s talent and tenacity, Donald Trump might still be in the White House, the Rescue Plan and the Infrastructure Law might still be unrealized goals, and Ketanji Brown Jackson might not be sitting on the Supreme Court,” Klain went on.
Many officials within the White House have stated that the cause for her departure was most likely her desire to “spend more time with her husband and two young children,” read an ABC News report. She is expected to still provide counsel to the White House even without being present.
“Her strategic acumen, intense devotion to the President’s agenda, and fierce work on his behalf are unmatched,” explained Klain. “She will continue to remain a critical player in moving the Biden agenda forward from the outside.”
Bedingfield’s departure takes place just as the Biden administration is dealing with record-shattering inflation rates and freefalling approval rates, all while the country prepares to head into the midterm elections in November.
Her departure from Biden’s side mirrors recent moves that have been made by other communications staffers, like Deputy Communications Director Pili Tobar and former Press Secretary Jen Psaki. In the same vein, many other lower-level press aides have chosen to leave the White House over the past few months.
Despite the fact that the replacement for Bedingfield is still undecided, it is quite certain that the Biden administration must now deal with yet another problem, the finding of replacements for quite a few members of its communications.