When last we checked in on the FCC chairmanship, it seemed that the White House was in no rush to replace Julius Genchowski, the current head of the agency.
But now it appears that Genchowski is eyeing the exits, and administration officials are busily lining up a successor.
The White House has interviewed several candidates whose names have been much discussed by those who closely track these things: venture capitalist Tom Wheeler; assistant Commerce secretary Larry Strickling; and Karen Kornbluh, ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
One under-the-radar candidate they’ve also talked to is former FCC official Cathy Sandoval, now a utilities commissioner in California.
It would seem that Sandoval — a Hispanic woman — would be attractive to the White House, which has taken lumps for a lack of diversity among its high-ranking nominees. But word is that other contenders have closer ties to the White House — Wheeler, for example was a big donor to President Obama’s campaign— and are seen as more friendly to industry (that’s apparently a good thing).
So while Sandoval would be a choice that would satisfy some critics, she’s a long shot.
But whoever Obama settles on, it’s looking like it will happen sooner rather than later — the game is afoot.