‘Papa Doug’ Manchester withdraws from ambassador to The Bahamas bid due to threats against his family
The Nassau Guardian first reported that San Diego businessman and billion “Papa Doug” Manchester has decided to withdraw his bid to become the next United States ambassador to The Bahamas.
The Manchester Financial Group issued a statement to The Nassau Guardian saying, “He has withdrawn due to the threats on his and his family’s lives including three infant children under four years old.” They also noted that Manchester himself has received “severe” threats on his life.
Back in September, Manchester traveled to The Bahamas to survey the extensive damage from Hurricane Dorian. He personally visited children at the shelters, delivered medical supplies, goods, and 2,000 pounds of food to the Bahamian people.
Manchester’s sincere actions did not go unnoticed. President Trump thanked him on Twitter for “the incredible amount of time, money and passion he has spent on helping to bring safety to the Bahamas.” Papa Doug used his own plane and money to deliver aid to damaged area and Bahamian people. He stopped by the KUSI News studio when he returned to San Diego to tell us all about it and how we can help. You can see that interview below:
He has made a second trip to the Bahamas since he was at KUSI.
The Nassau Guardian detailed why Manchester was never officially confirmed as Ambassador to The Bahamas writing:
“In May 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Manchester, who is affectionately known as “Papa Doug”, as ambassador to The Bahamas.
In September 2017, Manchester’s nomination was approved 11 to 10 with all democratic senators voting against him. However, his appointment failed to receive consideration before it was returned to Trump in January 2018.
Manchester said “politics” was the hold up for his confirmation. He encouraged the Bahamian government to ask the U.S. for “immediate approval” of an ambassador to assist with the coordination of the rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, the strongest storm on record to hit The Bahamas.”