Federal Communications Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth, who may have faced an uphill battle to win reappointment, said he will not seek reappointment, giving President Bush two FCC openings. Democratic commission Chairman William Kennard chose to resign at the end of the Clinton administration. The combination leaves Michael Powell, the former Justice Department attorney who is also the son of Secretary of State Colin Powell, as the only Republican on the commission. Mr. Powell has been designated by Mr. Bush as commission chairman. Commission observers say Mr. Furchtgott-Roth, a conservative Republican who often strongly opposed FCC regulation, frequently found that his opposition to any action left him out of negotiations with other commission members on what actions to take on some controversial commission issues.
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