Lawmakers to fill FCC’s Dem seat

Naming Adelstein to post delayed

WASHINGTON — With Capitol Hill lawmakers getting ready to adjourn for the election recess, some pols are furious that the Senate has yet to fill a vacant Democratic seat at the Federal Communications Commission.

The Senate Commerce Committee OK’d the nomination of top congressional aide Jonathan Adelstein weeks ago, but a full Senate vote has been sidetracked by a larger feud between Democratic and Republican leadership over judicial appointments.

As it stands now, FCC commish Michael Copps is the one Democrat on the five-seat commission.

Tuesday, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) said the delay in naming Adelstein was unforgivable considering the important matters before the FCC, including a full-scale review of media ownership rules. Dorgan pol said he would try to force a vote in the next few days.

Adelstein is a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.C.).

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