Maybe Jack is irreplaceable?

Feb 23, 2004  •  Post A Comment

The short list to succeed Jack Valenti as chief of the Motion Picture Association of America got even shorter last week, with word that Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., has privately indicated that he is not interested in the $1 million-a-year job. Rep. Dreier, chairman of the House Rules Committee, is the last known congressman on the MPAA short list. Sen. John Breaux, R-La., has removed himself from consideration, his spokesman confirmed. Sen. Breaux became the leading contender for the slot after Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., turned it down to work for a pharmaceutical industry trade association. A spokesperson for Rep. Dreier said Rep. Dreier “is running for re-election for the House.” Still said to be under consideration are a pair of former congressional staffers: former MPAA lobbyist Matt Gerson, senior VP for public policy and government relations at Vivendi Universal, and Tim Boggs, Time Warner’s former top lobbyist in Washington.