WASHINGTON - With his presidential campaign lagging in fundraising and public opinion polls, Sen. Bob Graham is sending his Senate chief of staff to Miami Lakes to play a key role.
H.W. "Buddy" Menn III, Graham's top political adviser, is moving to Miami Lakes on Monday. He will concentrate on raising money and will be a strategic adviser for the campaign.
The move signals a change for Graham. His campaign has mostly been run by political operatives who are well-regarded but have little experience with him.
Menn will remain on the Senate payroll as a part-time employee but will spend most of his time on the campaign, he said.
Steve Jarding, the campaign's communication director, said Menn would be a valuable asset.
"He's known the senator forever. He knows the senator's record, the senator trusts him."