John Orlando Reportedly Up For NAB Presidency
July 7, 2009 at 4:26 AM (PT)
Democratic CBS lobbyist JOHN ORLANDO is under serious consideration for the top job at the NAB, sources told ROLL CALL on MONDAY. NAB EVP DENNIS WHARTON declined to comment on ORLANDO or other possible replacements for former NAB Pres. DAVID REHR, who resigned in MAY (NET NEWS 5/6).
"An exhaustive search is currently underway," WHARTON said in a statement.
ROLL CALL writes, "If hired, ORLANDO, 53, would make a return trip to the powerful trade association. The Capitol Hill veteran was NAB’s lead lobbyist before moving to the television network more than three years ago. A one-time chief of staff to Energy and Commerce Chairman Emeritus JOHN DINGELL (D-MI), ORLANDO started his career in politics 30 years ago on the campaign of ex-Rep. MIKE BLOUIN (D-IA). ORLANDO later became the deputy director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the mid-1980s before settling in DINGELL’s office in 1986.
"On MONDAY, a source said ORLANDO’s K Street reputation has not changed since his Hill days.
"'He knows all the broadcast issues, he’s a well-wired Democrat and he has a reputation for being a pragmatic problem solver who works well with Republicans,' the source said."