FCC Commissioner Ness won’t seek reappointment to panel
The most senior member of the FCC, Democrat Susan Ness, won’t seek a second term at the agency.
Her original five-year term expired last year while Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) refused to hold a vote on former President Clinton’s nomination of Ness for another stint as one of five commissioners. However, Clinton granted Ness a recess appointment in December as the panel completed its review of America Online’s acquisition of Time-Warner.
With Ness’ planned departure, President Bush must recruit three new nominees. Only three members can be of the same party, so Bush must now find a Democrat and two Republicans.