Add Nathan “Mac” Norton to the growing list of potential FCC chairman candidates.
D.C. sources this week are mentioning Norton, 43, for the top job regulating the airwaves.
Having regulated utilities as chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission from 1979-83, Norton is currently a partner in the politically connected Little Rock law firm of Wright, Lindsey & Jennings. The Lindsey in the firm is Bruce Lindsey, who heads President Clinton’s personnel office.
Norton said Monday it is “an honor to be considered” for the FCC chairman post, and that he will “certainly” consider accepting the post if the White House extends the offer.
Norton said he is registered neither as a Democrat nor as a Republican because Arkansas does not require such a listing. However, he said he has always voted in Democratic primaries.
FCC Commissioner James Quello, a Bush appointee, has filled in as interim FCC chairman in recent months at the Clinton administration’s request until a replacement is found.
Washington observers said several other names continue to circulate in the FCC chairman’s race: D.C. lawyer Reed Hundt, whose close ties to Vice President Al Gore make him the odds-on favorite; current FCC commissioner Ervin Duggan; D.C. lawyer Tom Casey; David Leach, an aide to House Energy & Commerce Committee chairman John Dingell; and Bernice McIntyre, former head of the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Utilities.