Addition gives Copps a Democratic ally

WASHINGTON — Former Capitol Hill aide Jonathan Adelstein was sworn in Tuesday at the Federal Communications Commission, assuming the long-vacant Democratic seat.

Adelstein’s arrival at the FCC means Democratic commish Michael Copps will have an ally in challenging the Republican-controlled agency.

FCC topper Michael Powell now must contend with a 3-2 split, vs. 3-1.

The FCC appointment was held hostage for months due to a stormy battle on Capitol Hill over judicial nominations. A number of unrelated nominations were held up, including Adelstein’s.

Adelstein had worked on Capitol Hill for 15 years, most recently advising outgoing Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) on telecom issues, particularly those in rural areas.

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