Politics What Will McGavick Say on Net Neutrality?
The Senate Commerce Committee is taking up the Senate version of Jay Inslee’s net neutrality amendment this week. The amendment is being sponsored by Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND).
Cantwell is on the committee, and she has committed to supporting the amendment
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) is the chair of the committee. Stevens is Cantwell’s nemesis (and Mike McGavick’s pal). Stevens offered his own net neutrality amendment, but it was a goofy sham. It didn’t mandate that the telcos treat all content providers the same…which is the definition of net neutrality.
Net Neutrality is popular in Seattle. Microsoft and Amazon are both lobbying for the Snowe/Dorgan amendment. Even Dave Reichert broke GOP ranks and supported Inslee’s amendment.
I wonder if McGavick will do a press release—like his CAFE standards fuck up — saying that Cantwell is a Johnny-come-lately to tech issues—which would be crazy, given that she was a star in the early ’90s in the House where she fought President Clinton’s clipper chip telephone eaves dropping program (!!)…
Or, will Mr. Civility send out a press release praising Cantwell for her excellent vote. Or will he criticize her, saying she should have gone with Stevens’s “compromise” …which again, was a bit of a joke.
Or, maybe, McGavick will say he called Snowe and Dorgan and orchestrated the whole net neutrality amendment himself… behind the scenes, and all.
Or, maybe he won’t say a word. We’ll see.
Called McGavick’s campaign, and they said net neutrality “isn’t something we’ve been asked about yet.” They said they’d call back later today to tell me McGavick’s position on the issue.