The Federal Communications Commission is putting the kibosh on rumors that Chairman Julius Genachowski is angling to become the new Commerce Secretary.
Josh Gottheimer, senior counselor the chairman, issued this statement Thursday: "Chairman Genachowski is very happy at the FCC and is focused on harnessing the opportunities of the communications and technology space. He has no intention to leave his position."
Rumors have been swirling in tech policy circles in recent months that Genachowski, a Harvard Law School buddy of President Obama who took the reins at the agency in June 2009, wants to move on to new challenges. The rumors intensified when news broke earlier this week that Commerce Secretary Gary Locke would be tapped as U.S. Ambassador to China, sparking speculation about possible replacements. President Obama officially nominated Locke on Thursday.
The Hill ran stories on Tuesday and Wednesday that cited "tech-industry sources and prominent Democrats close to the White House" as saying that Genachowski is on Obama's list for the Commerce job, though other news outlets did not include him in the mix of candidates. The FCC has not commented on whether Genachowski is (or was) on the list.