How 14 staff members quit his long-running bid for president, and more flee over 'lavish' spending and 'amateur' leadership.

How 14 staff members quit his long-running bid for president, and more flee over 'lavish' spending and 'amateur' leadership.

  • The campaign complaints center around campaign manager Amaryllis Fox Kennedy and communications director Dale Bigtree
  • The campaign is fighting to get RFK Jr.'s name on the 2024 ballot in every state
  • One resignation letter complains about an “arrogant and out-of-touch” process.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s independent campaign for president got off to a rocky start in 2024, with 14 disillusioned staffers reportedly quitting over lavish spending and mismanagement.

Sources close to the campaign blame campaign manager Amaryllis Fox Kennedy, the candidate's daughter-in-law, and campaign communications director Dale Bigtree, for mismanagement of the campaign, according to a report by Mediaite.

“No one has any political experience and that’s clear,” a source close to the campaign told the outlet.

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaks during a campaign rally at the Fox Theater in Tucson, Arizona, U.S., February 5, 2024
Pins and other merchandise in support of independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

The report notes that Fox Kennedy appointed her nanny, Brigid Rasmussen, to be her chief of staff, prompting campaign staff to question her management skills.

“Although Brigid is a nice young woman, she has no idea how to work in her role and lacks experience,” a campaign worker noted. “This is just a red flag that indicates incompetence.”

Fox Kennedy replaced former Rep. Dennis Kucinich as campaign manager in October, shortly after Robert Kennedy Jr. decided to end his challenge to President Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination and run for president as an independent.

One staffer who resigned in protest complained to Kennedy in a resignation email that the campaign leadership was “mismanaging your bid for the White House.”

“I cannot in good conscience offer my talent, time, and efforts to an organization that is unprofessional, arrogant, and out of touch with the American voter,” the letter read.

Former campaign staffers are sounding the alarm about Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s campaign leadership

Another source complained that Bigtree, the communications director, was out of touch, citing multiple Zoom calls to campaign staff from a ski resort.

“He's doing Zoom calls from the slopes with champagne while many people are volunteers and not getting paid,” one source complained.

Other complaints focused on Bigtree's tone and driving tenor.

“It feels like a spring break party cruise.” One source complained that Dale was overheard on several occasions saying: “We're like rock stars, and this is like touring with a rock band.”

One resignation letter shared with Mediaite cited the frustrations of working in a “back-slapping culture where everything is ‘amazing! And the charm of this campaign, even as the process struggles with the core campaign missions.

“Field is severely undercapitalized for ballot access while National is relatively severely undercapitalized with some positions that seem to just be doing Zoom calls all day,” the letter read.

Kennedy's campaign faces a significant hurdle to putting his name on the ballot as an independent presidential candidate in every state.

“It bothers me every day that so many in the campaign cannot see the iceberg still in front of them called ballot access,” the resignation letter continued.

The Kennedy campaign referred to a previous statement shared with Mediaite in response to the complaints.

“With more than a hundred staff and tens of thousands of volunteers across the country, the Kennedy team includes amazing people who come and go as the needs of each phase of the campaign go. As the most successful independent campaign of the past three decades, we wish them nothing but the best.”

Questions surrounding the leadership of Kennedy's campaign swirl right after he received a big boost in a $7 million Super Bowl ad, funded by the super PAC backing his campaign.

The ad replaced Robert Kennedy's face with an old JFK television ad from 1960, upsetting members of the Kennedy family.

Kennedy apologized and distanced himself from the ad, but it remains pinned to the top of his campaign profile on X.

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