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.
Maybe Jack is irreplaceable?
Feb 23, 2004 • Post A Comment