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Kerrey on MPAA Job: “We Are Still Talking”

Just weeks ago it looked as if Bob Kerrey was about to become the next MPAA chief, succeeding Dan Glickman.

Since then, there’s been no official announcement. And while one of the barriers to him taking the job has been negotiating an early exit from the New School, where his contract runs through next year, now the speculation is that he has his eyes on another, perhaps more lucrative lobbying post.

“We are still talking,” Kerrey said today, when asked via e-mail whether he’s still in the running for the MPAA post.

Studios may get a sense of deja vu if they end up the bridesmaid in this search for a new chief.

Back in 2004, it looked as if Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.), would take the job, succeeding Jack Valenti, but he turned it town in favor of a much more lucrative offer to head up Pharma. At the time, the MPAA post was the second highest paying lobbying position in Washington, with a salary over $1 million, but the Pharma job was No. 1, with a salary more than double that.

“I made the decision I wanted to be back on the loop of the domestic policy agenda,” Glickman told us. “Refugees International needs a full-time, total commitment. … It was probably not a perfect fit for me.”

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