The Chairman of the House Communications Subcommittee is uniquely qualified for the job – Greg Walden (R-OR) was the owner of a small radio group, for a time side-by-side with his gig on Capitol Hill. But word is he’s looking at an even bigger job.
A report in Roll Call notes that Walden is testing the waters for a run to serve as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
He is already Deputy Chair to current Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX), who has nothing but the highest praise for Walden’s service in that capacity. In fact, it’s said that Walden has made more out of the job and committed more time to it than any predecessor within memory.
In addition to running his radio group, Walden has served as a campaign operative and has also served in the Oregon legislator. He is said to also be well versed in the inner workings of Capitol Hill, and is considered to be uniquely qualified to run NRCC, which is charged with helping to get Republicans elected to the House of Representatives.
Walden has been a useful presence for broadcasters in his current capacity – it’s hard to beat having a hands-on broadcaster leading hearings and crafting legislation pertaining to the industry.
RBR-TVBR observation: Perhaps Walden could be a useful presence for radio atop the NRCC. The committee builds a warchest and allocates it to battleground races across the nation, in an effort to capture seats from Democratic incumbents, protect endangered Republicans and snare open seats. A major part of that effort is allocating cash for broadcast air time.
We hope that if Walden does get this gig, he won’t forget his radio roots when it comes time to spread his millions of dollars of advertising money around.