Help Wanted: MPAA boss

Will former Senator Bob Kerrey ditch the gig for D.C.?

Just weeks ago it looked as if Bob Kerrey was poised to become the next MPAA chief, succeeding Dan Glickman in one of Washington’s coveted lobbying posts.

Since then, there’s been no official announcement. And recently, there’s been speculation in the press and in D.C. circles that the former Nebraska senator is also eyeing another, perhaps more lucrative Washington lobbying job.

But in response to an email query, Kerrey said of the MPAA search, “We are still talking.”

One of the complicating factors for Kerrey is timing, as his contract as president of the New School runs through July 1, 2011, and he would have to negotiate an early exit or the MPAA would have to wait.

If it doesn’t pan out, and Kerrey passes, it may give the MPAA a sense of deja vu. It was the bridesmaid the last time around, too.

Back in 2004, it looked as if Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.), was in line to succeed longtime chief Jack Valenti, but he turned the job down and took a more lucrative offer to head Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. The MPAA salary was more than $1 million, but the PhRMA salary was roughly double that.

Meanwhile, Glickman has stepped down from his new post as president of the relief org Refugees Intl. after less than three months in the job.

Glickman told the Washington Post that org “needs a full-time total commitment.” and that “it was probably not a perfect fit for me.”On Monday, Glickman was named a senior fellow in residence at the Bipartisan Policy Center., a Washington think tank.

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