H’wood Caucus Disowns Endorsement For Quello

Hollywood’s Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors has retracted what had earlier appeared to be its endorsement of the reappointment of James Quello to the Federal, Communications Commission.

In a statement released last week, Caucus chairman Jerry Leider said his group has “never in its 18-year history taken a formal position in support of, or against, elected or appointed governmental officials, and with all due respect to [FCC] commissioner James Quello, we are not doing so now.”

Leider’s statement came in response to Caucus secretary David Levy’s letter to the White House – on Caucus letterhead – urging President Bush to renominate Quello. The missive, sent last month, surprised the industry, since Quello had assumed a staunch “pro-network” stance in the finsyn fight at the FCC.

In his statement, Leider said Levy intended his White House letter to be only his “personal recommendation and [he] regrets that it may have been perceived as an official Caucus position.” Levy and Quello are said to be longstanding friends.

Quello, a 76-year-old Democrat, is seeking a fourth five-year term at the FCC; his current stint expires next month. D.C. insiders say that it’s likely Quello will be renominated.

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