Black not traveling with McCain to Colombia.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is traveling to Colombia today, but he won’t be accompanied by one of his top aides. Charlie Black, who has extensive lobbying ties to Colombia, isn’t traveling with McCain this week. Asked yesterday about Black’s absence, McCain claimed he was just rotating his aides:

“I have Mark Salter along,” McCain said, pointing to senior aide Mark Salter. “These guys generally rotate. It’s too much to take in large doses. It’s just rotation.”

Black has been a controversial figure on the McCain campaign due to his lobbying background. Recently, he caused an uproar when he suggested that McCain would gain “a big advantage” politically from a terrorist attack against America.