Analysis: White House has tricky task in picking new FCC chief

04/1/2013 | Hill, The

President Barack Obama faces some difficult political decisions over who should replace Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. The reported front-runner, Tom Wheeler, faces opposition from some consumer groups over his former ties to the cable and mobile industries, while junior FCC member Jessica Rosenworcel, a favorite of 37 Democratic senators, could prove problematic since Obama would have to bypass senior FCC member Mignon Clyburn, the daughter of Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C. Karen Kornbluh, ex-ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and Larry Strickling, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration chief, are seen as possible compromise candidates.

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