In campaign shakeup, Jeb Bush names new campaign manager
Jeb Bush has a campaign manager, naming Danny Diaz today in a role that was expected to be filled by David Kochel.
Diaz, 39, has worked for the last three Republican presidential nominees, per the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the hire. Kochel, an Iowa operative who moved to Miami, will focus on the early nominating states "and beyond."
"David can best position us for success by playing a key leadership role focusing on how Jeb wins primaries, caucuses, and ultimately the general election,” Bush senior adviser Sally Bradshaw said in a statement. “Danny’s skills in rapidly moving content and campaign organization makes him perfectly suited for running the day-to-day operations.”
Diaz is a founding partner of FP1 Strategies in Washington.
Additional staff moves announced today:
Mike Murphy was the chief strategist for Gov. Bush on both of his gubernatorial campaigns. He will be leading the Right to Rise Super PAC. There is a critical strategy and messaging role that needs to be filled on a 2016 campaign and David is uniquely qualified to do so.
Sally Bradshaw, Governor Bush's long-time right-hand will be the senior adviser to the campaign and also take a hands on role in campaign operations.
David Kochel will fill the senior strategist role for the campaign and will build and oversee a political operation to achieve success in the early states and beyond.
Jon Downs will run media for the campaign.
Brenda Gianiny will head up the campaign’s polling team.
Alex Lundry will head up data analytics.