Stevens Seeks Ally on FCC

11/17/2005 9:16 AM Eastern

Senate Commerce Committee chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has not given up his quest to seat an ally at the Federal Communications Commission.

Last week, Stevens said he gave the White House a few names to replace Republican commissioner Kathleen Abernathy.

"The people we've suggested have other jobs, so I don't want their names to be out in public. They're liable not to have a job at all if I start talking about them," Stevens said.

Abernathy, a Republican FCC member since 2001, announced Thursday that she is leaving the agency Dec. 9.

Abernathy tendered her resignation in a letter to President Bush. Although her term expired last year, she was entitled to remain in office until Congress adjourns next month.

In 2002, Abernathy, in a losing cause, voted to abolish cable program-access rules.

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