Report: Martin Rejects Deal Making Him Quit FCC
March 6, 2008 at 10:16 AM (PT)
It was a deal he could refuse: FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN rebuffed a deal between the WHITE HOUSE and Senate Majority Leader HARRY REID (D-NV) that would have traded new terms for FCC Commissioners DEBORAH TAYLOR TATE and JONATHAN ADELSTEIN for MARTIN's written resignation, according to MULTICHANNEL NEWS, citing "individuals familiar with the details."
MARTIN would have had to resign in JANUARY if a Democrat is elected president in NOVEMBER, but a source told the magazine, "The chairman is not prepared to step down on a certain date. He is not willing to say that he will automatically resign at a certain time. He is not willing to say he will do it." The deal was aimed at avoiding a situation where, at least for a few months into a new administration, the FCC could have a Democrat as Chairman, but a 3-2 Republican majority.
A similar deal was reportedly struck by REID with FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMITTEE Chairman JOSEPH KELLEHER, landing KELLEHER in trouble with WHITE HOUSE officials.