(PartiallyPolitics.com) – During the nomination hearing Gigi Sohn, nominee for Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, had to answer questions in front of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on Tuesday, February 14, 2023. This is the first time that the committee has had to consider Sohn’s nomination.
The advocacy groups that have pushed for Gigi Sohn’s confirmation have criticized the Democrats for so far being unable to confirm her. President Biden has nominated her to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), but the lack of confirmation has meant that the agency has been stuck with a 2-2 partisan slip.
On Tuesday, Sohn announced that she had requested from Biden that her nomination be withdrawn after she had been met with “unrelenting, dishonest, and cruel attacks” on her character and career. The withdrawal puts an end to the two-year bid battle.
Republican senators have been opposed to Sohn’s nomination, stating that her personal political views and her criticisms of conservative news outlets did not make her a prime candidate for the position. Her withdrawal was announced a few hours after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) stated that he would oppose her nomination.
During the third FCC hearing, GOP senators had pushed against her being confirmed. In a statement on Tuesday Manchin noted that there should be no “toxic partisanship” in America and Sohn had clearly exhibited that “she is not the person to do that.”
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