A bipartisan group of senators is urging President Bush to renominate Democrat Jonathan Adelstein to a five-year term at the Federal Communications Commission.
Adelstein, a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), needs to vacate his office when Congress adjourns later this year, which could be as early as the first week of October.
Supporting Adelstein, a South Dakota native, are Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Fritz Hollings (D-S.C.), Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) and Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).
Daschle requested Adelstein’s reappointment in February 2003, but his request has not been granted by the Bush White House. If Adelstein leaves in October, the FCC would consist of three Republicans -- chairman Michael Powell and commissioners Kathleen Abernathy and Kevin Martin -- and one Democrat, commissioner Michael Copps.
The senators began pressuring the White House in a June 24 letter. In a press release Thursday, Dorgan reiterated their support for Adelstein.