AT&T-BellSouth tiebreaker FCC Commish: I'm in no hurry
In some quarters, it is an article of faith that FCC Chair Kevin Martin will be able to convince fellow Commissioner Robert McDowell to abandon his recusing himself from voting on the AT&T-BellSouth merger and casting his vote in favor of the action.
But McDowell doesn't seem to be in any big hurry to jump on board this merger's approval bandwagon.
Speaking to reporters after a speech to the Federal Communcations Bar Association Wednesday, McDowell hinted that he just might wait until after June 1, 2007, when a one-year recusement period sparked by previous involvement with the case before he joined the FCC runs out.
McDowell's recusement stems from the position of the Virginia State Bar, of which he is a member. Virginia prohibits attorneys who are public officials to become involved in matters in which they "participated personally and substantially while in private practice."
When reporters asked McDowell whether his recusement was informed by these guidelines, McDowell said: "We want to make sure that whatever I do is of the highest ethical standard, so absolutely."
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