John Orlando has grabbed the top lobbying position at the National
Association of Broadcasters, taking over for James May, who left in February to
become president of the Air Transport Association of America.
Orlando -- a Democrat named acting head of the NAB's government relations
after May's departure -- was chosen by president Edward Fritts.
In a statement released by the trade group, two House Republicans, Billy
Tauzin (La.) and Richard Burr (N.C.), endorsed Orlando's selection.
Trade groups in recent years have come under pressure from House Majority
Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) about their proclivity for hiring Democrats over
Republicans for top lobbying jobs even though the House, Senate and White House
are under GOP control.
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association is still searching to
fill its top government-relations post. Pam Turner left in March to become
assistant secretary for legislative affairs in the Department of Homeland