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Joe Biden’s dumpster-fire presidency is being roiled by alarming instability at the senior-executive staff level, with Keisha Lance Bottoms — the head of the Office of Public Engagement — becoming the latest official to jump ship.
On Tuesday, the White House announced that Stephen Benjamin, the former mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, will replace Bottoms, who resigned after just eight months on the job.
“I have leaned on Keisha as a close advisor with exceptional instincts, and I am grateful to her for serving our nation with honor and integrity,” Biden said in a statement. “I wish her the best as she returns home to Atlanta to be with her family.”
Bottoms — a former one-term mayor of Atlanta — does not have a job lined up, raising questions about why so many senior executives have quit the foundering administration during the first two years of Biden’s presidency.
In keeping with his toxic prioritization of race over color-blind qualifications, Biden has replaced a black woman with a black man as the director of the Office of Public Engagement.
The White House news release described the office’s mission as working “at the local, state, and national levels to ensure community leaders, diverse perspectives, and new voices have the opportunity to inform the work of the President in an inclusive, transparent and responsible way.”
Notably, however, the 80-year-old Democrat has lost a significant number of minority staffers since taking office in 2021 — a stinging rebuke of his affirmative-action hiring decisions.
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