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  •  Typical Obama Pick... (2+ / 0-)
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    Wheeler's critics say he is too much of an industry advocate, especially given the 12 years he spent heading up the CTIA, a telecommunications trade group whose membership includes nearly every major industry player.  Mother Jones' David Corn reported on this when Wheeler's name was first circulated back in March:
    [Wheeler] is no consumer advocate, but he has this advantage: He has raised a lot of money as a campaign bundler for Obama. Wheeler is also a member in good standing with the Washington establishment; he sits on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board and is a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center. During 2009, he led the Obama-Biden transition's working group overseeing science, technology, space, and arts agencies.

    "He's beloved in the telecom industry," a former Obama administration official says of Wheeler. An industry newsletter notes, "having spent his entire career representing businesses, running businesses and investing in businesses, Wheeler undoubtedly will have a light regulatory touch in all matters. And that's not something you can say about most Democrats."

    Link to short M.J. article on appointment

    Also of note;

    Obama's pick disregards the advice of Rockefeller and 36 Senate Democrats who signed a letter backing Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel for the chairman's job.
    But according to TechCrunch Wheeler did:
    in 2008, he raised a cool million for President Obama’s campaign.
    I believe he was also a bundler for PO's re-election campaign as well.

    Sounds perfectly well qualified.

    Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

    by No Exit on Wed May 01, 2013 at 10:39:53 AM PDT

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