Adelstein Senate Hearing a Breeze

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The Senate Communications Subcommittee needed less than one hour Tuesday to
quiz Jonathan Adelstein on his nomination to serve at the Federal Communications
Commission.

Paula Ford, an aide to Senate Commerce Committee chairman Fritz Hollings
(D-S.C.), said the committee planned to vote on Adelstein's nomination 'as
quickly as possible.'

Adelstein, 39, is a policy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle
(D-S.D.). If confirmed, he would become the second Democrat at the FCC, which is
controlled by three Republicans under chairman Michael Powell.

Adelstein's nomination was held up for six months due to Senate politics.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- who has threatened to stall nomination votes
until an ally is appointed to the Federal Election Commission -- praised
Adelstein as someone who would put the interests of consumers first.

'I think he brings the right experience and credentials to the job,' said
McCain, who did not disclose whether he would attempt to hold up a vote on
Adelstein.

Adelstein holds two degrees from Stanford University -- a bachelor's of arts
in political science and a master's of arts in history.

He has spent his entire professional career working as a Senate staffer, the
past seven for Daschle, who introduced Adelstein to the subcommittee.

'In all my time in public life, I have never presented a nominee with greater
confidence and with greater enthusiasm,' Daschle said.

In his testimony, Adelstein promised to look out for rural America and to
'enhance competition, promote universal access and manage the public spectrum
efficiently.'

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