If you’re having a hard time getting in touch with the campaign manager for GOP presidential nominee Jeb Bush, that’s because he’s in Berlin.
Danny Diaz, Campaign Manager of Jeb Bush for President, spoke Monday at the International Conference For Political Communications, which took place at the Academy of Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin, Germany.
Breitbart News reached out to the campaign to ask why Mr. Bush’s top campaign official was in Germany this week in the midst of a hotly-contested campaign season.
A Jeb Bush for President spokesperson responded, “Long scheduled. Danny is constantly engaged. Thanks for your concern.”
After reviewing his social media pages, it does not appear that Mr. Diaz mentioned he was going to be overseas this week.
Diaz, a veteran political operative, served as Senior Advisor for Gov. Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 presidential campaign. He was also the communications director for John McCain during the Arizona Senator’s unsuccessful bid for President in 2008.
The presence of the Bush campaign’s top staffer abroad comes amid reports that the campaign is struggling to raise cash, as the candidate’s poll numbers continue to dwindle.
In the third quarter (July to September), Bush raised just $13.3 million for his campaign, which was $7 million short of Dr. Ben Carson’s take, Breitbart News reported. Bush banked only 14 percent of the money he raised during the quarter, having spent 86 percent of the cash on campaign expenditures.
A recent PPP poll found that Mr. Bush has the worst favorability rating (net -35) with Pennsylvania voters among any of the candidates for President, including Democrats. In a head-to-head with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, the former first lady beat Bush by five percentage points, while GOP nominees Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, and Dr. Ben Carson all outperformed Clinton.
And a CNN/ORC poll released last week found that Bush was in fifth place among voters in early primary states South Carolina and Nevada.