You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Solon’s power play

McCain, Hollings pact may impede FCC nominee

WASHINGTON — Senate Commerce Committee chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) has agreed to block the White House’s choice for FCC commissioner if the nominee does not meet the approval of Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.), the ranking Democrat on the committee.

McCain’s commitment to Hollings spells trouble for the current front-runner for the nomination, Kathleen Wall-man. Wallman currently works at the White House where she is the chief of staff for the National Economic Counsel and deputy assistant to the president for economic policy.

But Hollings wants his own former aide Ralph Everett appointed to the FCC chairmanship. Hollings is also the committee’s former chairman. However, it is not clear if Hollings will actually ask McCain to block the White House’s final choice for FCC chairman. An aide to Hollings called McCain’s commitment “a significant devel-opment” but refused to comment any further.

It is not unusual for a committee chairman to pay deference to the views of the senior senator from the opposing party.

More Biz

  • Warner Music Group Logo

    Warner Music Taking Disciplinary Action Against Exec VP Jeff Fenster for Sexual Harassment

    WASHINGTON — Senate Commerce Committee chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) has agreed to block the White House’s choice for FCC commissioner if the nominee does not meet the approval of Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.), the ranking Democrat on the committee. McCain’s commitment to Hollings spells trouble for the current front-runner for the nomination, Kathleen Wall-man. Wallman […]

  • Leonardo Da Vinci Salvator Mundi Auction

    How a Restored da Vinci Became the Most Expensive Artwork Ever

    WASHINGTON — Senate Commerce Committee chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) has agreed to block the White House’s choice for FCC commissioner if the nominee does not meet the approval of Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.), the ranking Democrat on the committee. McCain’s commitment to Hollings spells trouble for the current front-runner for the nomination, Kathleen Wall-man. Wallman […]

  • Adele Grammys

    After Disney-Fox Acquisition, Should Movie Business Be Wary of What Happened to the Music Industry?

    WASHINGTON — Senate Commerce Committee chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) has agreed to block the White House’s choice for FCC commissioner if the nominee does not meet the approval of Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.), the ranking Democrat on the committee. McCain’s commitment to Hollings spells trouble for the current front-runner for the nomination, Kathleen Wall-man. Wallman […]

  • Barry Diller Hollywood

    Barry Diller Eyes $30 Million Gondola to Hollywood Sign (EXCLUSIVE)

    WASHINGTON — Senate Commerce Committee chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) has agreed to block the White House’s choice for FCC commissioner if the nominee does not meet the approval of Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.), the ranking Democrat on the committee. McCain’s commitment to Hollings spells trouble for the current front-runner for the nomination, Kathleen Wall-man. Wallman […]

  • Terry Crews WME

    Terry Crews Signs With UTA After WME Battle

    WASHINGTON — Senate Commerce Committee chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) has agreed to block the White House’s choice for FCC commissioner if the nominee does not meet the approval of Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.), the ranking Democrat on the committee. McCain’s commitment to Hollings spells trouble for the current front-runner for the nomination, Kathleen Wall-man. Wallman […]

  • vice_logo

    Disney Will Get More Vice After Acquiring 21st Century Fox's $70 Million Stake

    WASHINGTON — Senate Commerce Committee chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) has agreed to block the White House’s choice for FCC commissioner if the nominee does not meet the approval of Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.), the ranking Democrat on the committee. McCain’s commitment to Hollings spells trouble for the current front-runner for the nomination, Kathleen Wall-man. Wallman […]

  • GLAAD Report: LGBTQ Characters 'Invisible' in

    GLAAD Report: LGBTQ Characters 'Still Invisible' in Primetime U.S. Spanish-Language TV

    WASHINGTON — Senate Commerce Committee chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) has agreed to block the White House’s choice for FCC commissioner if the nominee does not meet the approval of Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.), the ranking Democrat on the committee. McCain’s commitment to Hollings spells trouble for the current front-runner for the nomination, Kathleen Wall-man. Wallman […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content