Marcus Nomination Moving in Senate


Former cable-industry executive Jeffrey Marcus appeared before the Senate
Committee on Foreign Relations Wednesday in connection with his nomination to be
U.S. ambassador to Belgium.

Marcus, who sold his cable company to Charter Communications Inc. in 1998,
was warmly greeted by committee chairman Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and introduced
to the panel by his home-state senators, Texas Republicans Kay Bailey Hutchison
and John Cornyn.

Marcus is expected to win Senate confirmation without difficulty, perhaps as
early as this week. A Lugar aide said that if he is not confirmed this week,
Marcus would have to wait until after Labor Day when the Senate returns from its
traditional August recess.

Marcus was joined at the Senate hearing by his wife, Nancy, and their two
children, daughter Rebecca Marcus Beshara, a medical student, and son David
Marcus, who is applying to medical school.

In introducing her Dallas-based constituent to the committee, Hutchison noted
that since leaving the cable industry, Marcus has invested in a few well-known
sports franchises in Texas.

"As an aside, he is minority owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team. It
gives you an idea of who he knows in Washington," Hutchison said, referring to
the team President Bush once owned in part.