After winning regulatory approval in January to combine with NBC Universal, Comcast will soon add more lobbying muscle to its Washington office with the hiring of Kyle McSlarrow, who steps down March 31 as president and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. McSlarrow, who reached his sixth anniversary at NCTA on March 1, will fill the newly created position of President of Comcast's Washington office in early April.
While it's unclear whether he'll be a registered lobbyist for Comcast, he would oversee the company's regulatory and congressional strategy, spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice said. NCTA is searching for a successor but hasn't disclosed any details about potential candidates.
McSlarrow will help guide the new Comcast as it integrates operations with NBCU and navigates the regulatory waters in Washington, where a long line of critics is closely watching for any indication that it has failed to fulfill its promises -- and a multitude of conditions imposed on the transaction.
McSlarrow served as the national chairman of the 2000 presidential campaign of former Sen. Dan Quayle, R-Ind., and as deputy chief of staff and chief counsel for former GOP Sens. Bob Dole of Kansas and Trent Lott of Missouri. He was the Republican nominee in 1992 and 1994 for a congressional seat in Virginia, but lost both elections.