President Obama is walking into a political minefield as he decides whom to nominate for chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.
Industry groups, consumer advocates and Democrats are splintering over the contenders, putting Obama in a bind as he narrows his short list for the powerful post.
"You're going to offend a whole lot of people no matter which way you go," one communications industry source said.
Obama is looking to replace Julius Genachowski, who is leaving the chairman’s post after a controversial tenure that included the creation of new rules for Internet providers.
Tom Wheeler, a venture capitalist and fundraiser for Obama, was considered the clear favorite for the job just last week. But then a coalition of public interest groups sent a letter to the president bashing him, and 37 senators signed a letter supporting an alternative pick: FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.
"Wheeler is still the front runner, but it isn't as secure as it was a week or two ago," another industry watcher said.
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