I regret to disappoint my fellow Wetmachiner John Sundman and legions of of folks discovering telecom policy is incredibly sexy (a fact I mentioned in my very first Wetmachine post), but I really have nothing to add about the McCain/Iseman story. This is not Wonkette here folks.
Policy, sure. I can tell you what made this transaction so controversial. And it may even have some bearing on the next FCC, given that one of the folks involved was Susan Ness, the former FCC Commissioner whispered about as the most likely nominee to replace Kevin Martin if Clinton wins. It also, of course, involved Bill Kennard who, along with Reed Hundt, is advising Obama. So I suppose the policy might have some relevance here. But as for the “juicy stuff:”
1) I’ve never met John McCain, although I have worked with a number of his staffers over the years. They have been good people overall, and they deserve huge shout outs for their support of low-power FM radio. And while it is true that McCain initially supported big media deregulation, he was smart enough in 2003 to realize it had been a mistake.
2) I may have met Vicki Iseman once or twice in passing at the FCC.
3) I never saw the two of them engaging in any “inappropriate relationships.”
To which I will add:
Am I the only one who believes it is possible for men and women to work closely together and NOT have any kind of sexual tension thing going on? Maybe it’s a Jewish Day School thing.
Stay tuned . . . .