NAACP, Urban League, Others Rush To Back Rep. Rush As Ranking Member

Rep. Bobby Rush has gotten a strong vote of confidence from some big-name groups for his bid to be ranking member on the House Communications Subcommittee.

Current chairman Rick Boucher (D-Va.) was defeated for re-election.

In a letter dated Tuesday, the NAACP, Urban League and Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition were among the almost two dozen signatories to a letter expressing their "strong, unwavering support" for Rush as ranking member.

He is arguably the leading candidate for the post, though. Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Mike Doyle (D-MA) are also in the conversation.

"Congressman Rush's legislative track record includes fifteen years of service as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee - when, during his first term, the Democratic House leadership selected him as a conferee of the Energy and Commerce Committee on the Telecommunications Act of 1996. His selection as conferee on this landmark piece of communications legislation enabled the ultimate reconciliation of the differences between the House and Senate versions of this contentious bill," they wrote in a letter to current Speaker and soon-to-be minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

"Congressman Rush understands and is able to balance the concerns of traditional and emerging communications technology with the need for strong consumer protections," they wrote.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.