Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

FCC Denies Chairman Wants to Leave FCC Denies Chairman Wants to Leave

NEXT :
This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member or subscriber? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation

 

FCC Denies Chairman Wants to Leave

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.

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories

Excellent!"

Rick, Executive Director for Policy

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."

Richard, VP of Government Affairs

Chock full of usable information on today's issues. "

Michael, Executive Director

Sign up form for the newsletter
MORE NATIONAL JOURNAL