Biden’s Federal Communications Commission nominee has just withdrawn her nomination.
Gigi Sohn officially withdrew her nomination after facing backlash from both Republicans and Democrats over her anti-police rhetoric.
In an official statement, Sohn stated she withdrew her nomination after receiving “unrelenting, dishonest, and cruel attacks.”
Sohn previously called police officers “agents of white supremacy”.
BREAKING: Biden FCC nominee Gigi Sohn has withdrawn her nomination following massive industry lobbying.
AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast ran a ruthless campaign to kill Sohn’s nomination because she supports net neutrality and low-cost broadband. pic.twitter.com/SQcpYaFWjG
— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) March 7, 2023
Breitbart had more details to add:
Joe Biden’s FCC pick, Gigi Sohn, withdrew her nomination Tuesday after she faced criticism for her anti-police rhetoric and other controversial views.
Sohn withdrew her nomination after facing severe criticism from both Republicans and Democrats over her controversial views. This ends the 16-month battle over her nomination.
The Democrat nominee said she decided to withdraw after facing “unrelenting, dishonest, and cruel attacks” from the cable and media lobbyists. Democrat commissioners at the FCC have been stalled from carrying out their agenda because they have been unable to secure a majority at the agency.
“It is a sad day for our country and our democracy when dominant industries, with assistance from unlimited dark money, get to choose their regulators,” Sohn said in a statement to The Washington Post. “And with the help of their friends in the Senate, the powerful cable and media companies have done just that.”
Senator Cruz previously grilled Sohn during a Senate hearing:
Sen. Ted Cruz to Biden FCC nominee Gigi Sohn: “Do you believe it was poor judgment to give 12 separate political contributions to Democrat Senators while your nomination was pending?”
Sohn: “The answer is no.” pic.twitter.com/D59XFyVS0h
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 7, 2023
Roll Call had more on the story:
Gigi Sohn withdrew her nomination to become a member of the Federal Communications Commission after Sen. Joe Manchin III on Tuesday said he would oppose her confirmation.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed Sohn’s withdrawal at a news conference. “She would have brought tremendous intellect and experience” to the FCC, Jean-Pierre said, adding that Sohn was a leading advocate for consumers.
Jean-Pierre said the White House doesn’t have any updates about possible nominees.
Manchin’s opposition left only the narrowest of paths for Sohn to get through the Senate.
“The FCC must remain above the toxic partisanship that Americans are sick and tired of, and Ms. Sohn has clearly shown she is not the person to do that,” Manchin, D-W.Va., said in a statement.
Biden Nominee for FCC Commissioner Gigi Sohn has a history of spewing anti-police rhetoric.
Her long record of poor judgement should seal her fate. pic.twitter.com/FaCkg6gudJ
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 28, 2023