President Barack Obama’s announcement this week of the appointment of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to be U.S. ambassador to China kicked off a round of speculation as to who would take over Lockeâs spot as the administrationâs business and trade guru.
Included among a roster of possible names from industry, such as Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and government, such as U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk, was a somewhat surprising one for the shortlist: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski.
But recent comments from an FCC spokesman appear to take the FCC chairman out of the running.
“Chairman Genachowski is very happy at the FCC and is focused on harnessing the opportunities of the communications and technology space,” said Josh Gottheimer, a senior counselor for FCC, according to a report in Broadcasting and Cable. “He has no intention to leave his position.”
Even so, B&C reports the open spot could be an attractive one for Genachowski.
For example, the commerce post would still allow Genachowski a hand at crafting spectrum policy through the departmentâs National Telecommunications and Information Administration
But, FCCâs almost definitive statement — not quite Shermanesque — seems to say the idea of a Secretary Genachowski is a bit of long shot.