Senate Commerce Committee chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has not given up his quest to seat an ally at the Federal Communications Commission.
Last week, Stevens said he gave the White House a few names to replace Republican commissioner Kathleen Abernathy.
"The people we've suggested have other jobs, so I don't want their names to be out in public. They're liable not to have a job at all if I start talking about them," Stevens said.
Abernathy, a Republican FCC member since 2001, announced Thursday that she is leaving the agency Dec. 9.
Abernathy tendered her resignation in a letter to President Bush. Although her term expired last year, she was entitled to remain in office until Congress adjourns next month.
In 2002, Abernathy, in a losing cause, voted to abolish cable program-access rules.