Daschle Recommends Aide for FCC

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Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) has recommended legislative
aide Jonathan Adelstein to fill a Democratic seat on the Federal Communications
Commission.

In a statement Thursday, Daschle said he planned to send President Bush a
letter soon formally proposing the nomination.

'Jonathan's expertise in telecommunications issues and his commitment to
seeing rural America share in the telecommunications revolution make him the
perfect candidate for this job at this time,' Daschle said.

A Daschle spokesman could not say whether Daschle and the Bush White House
had reached a deal to nominate Adelstein.

'I don't know. You'll have to call the White House on that,' the aide
said.

According to the White House Web site , President Bush has not nominated
Adelstein for Senate confirmation.

Verizon Communications, BellSouth Corp. and the United States Telecom
Association issued statements praising Daschle's recommendation.

Adelstein, a South Dakota native, has served as an aide to Daschle for the
past six years in a 14-year Senate staff career that included stints with two
other Democratic senators.

He received undergraduate and business degrees from Stanford University and
studied public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He was a
teaching fellow at both Stanford and Harvard, according to Daschle's
statement.

If confirmed, Adelstein would occupy the Democratic seat vacated by Gloria
Tristani, who resigned Sept. 7 to return home to New Mexico to explore running
for the Senate. Tristani's FCC term expires in June 2003.

The five-member FCC is controlled by three Republicans:
chairman Michael Powell and commissioners Kathleen Abernathy and Kevin Martin.
Michael Copps is the commission's only Democratic member.

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