Democratic strategist on Harris slump: 'She's coming across as a typical politician'

Democratic strategist Andrew Feldman said Monday that the reason Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisIt's past time we elect a Black woman governor Manchin rebuffs progressive push for infrastructure guarantee It's time for domestic workers to have rights MORE (D-Calif.) is losing ground on her fellow White House contenders is because she’s coming across as a “typical politician,” and most voters aren’t clear on her policy positions.

“People don’t know what Kamala Harris stands for,” Feldman, founder of Feldman Strategies, told Hill.TV during an appearance on “Rising.”

“She’s coming off as a typical politician,” he added. “When you say, ‘Oh I’m going to try to talk about Kamala Harris’ and you’re canvassing at the door — people don’t know why they should vote for her.”

A spokesperson for the Harris campaign declined to comment on Feldman's remarks.

Though Harris surged past Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters Democratic patience runs out on bipartisan talks NYC progressives anxiously watch Maya Wiley's ascent MORE (D-Mass.) at one point, recent polling compiled by RealClearPolitics found Harris in fifth place behind South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Buttigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm MORE, averaging 4.8 percent support.

But Feldman maintained that the California senator still has time to reclaim the momentum she gained from her standout performance during the first Democratic presidential debate, when she confronted front-runner Joe BidenJoe BidenJapan to possibly ease COVID-19 restrictions before Olympics 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday China supplies millions of vaccine doses to developing nations in Asia MORE over his record on civil rights. 

“She has another shot here in October and then in November debates, but if she can’t have a breakout performance, I don’t see how she can catch these folks,” he said.

Harris is among the 12 candidates poised to participate in the fourth Democratic debate, which is slated for Oct. 15.

—Tess Bonn