Is The FCC’s Jessica Rosenworcel Toast?

Jessica Rosenworcel
Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

Late last week, two Democratic U.S. Senators each put a formal objection, or “hold,” on the reconfirmation of Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.

The retaliatory move came in response to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler abiding by GOP requests to remove four “controversial” actions from the Commission’s November Open Meeting agenda.

The senators lifted the formal objections 24 hours later, paving the way once again for Rosenworcel’s renomination.

But, the actions of Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) aren’t anything more than political theater, say two Inside The Beltway attorneys who spoke with RBR + TVBR.

That’s because Democrats could be whipping up a plan to have Rosenworcel exit along with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler — and the remaining Democrat on the Commission, Mignon Clyburn.

RBR + TVBR OBSERVATION (full text below, for members only): Didn’t President-Elect Donald Trump get elected because American voters were tired of the BS and partisanship? Last week’s “holds” on an unlikely Rosenworcel renomination by Democratic Senators Ron Wyden, of Oregon, and Ed Markey, of Massachusetts, are akin to two sulking second graders whose best friend didn’t get picked to play Tom Turkey in their elementary school’s Thanksgiving play.

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Adam R Jacobson is a veteran radio industry journalist and advertising industry analyst with general, multicultural and Hispanic market expertise. From 1996 to 2006 he served as an editor at Radio & Records.
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