No Word Yet on Bush Picks for FCC

Aug 8, 2005  •  Post A Comment

President Bush as of late Friday had yet to announce his choices for the two Republican openings at the Federal Communications Commission (TelevisionWeek, Aug. 8). However, sources said it appeared that Deborah Taylor Tate, a director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, and Richard Russell, associate director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, were still the leading candidates.

The White House was playing the issue close to the vest. But some sources speculated that a formal announcement could be delayed until President Bush returns to Washington in September from his vacation in Texas. Other sources said they think the White House might hold off until it decides on a Democrat to appoint to Commissioner Michael Copps’ seat.

Mr. Copps’ term expired in June, and he has made clear he wants to be reappointed. He has the support of Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, the committee’s ranking Democrat. The committee has also indicated that it would prefer to hold confirmation hearings for all three FCC openings as part of a bipartisan package.