Tuesday, President Joe Biden’s far-left nominee for Federal Communications Commission chair, Gigi Sohn, abandoned her bid for the role after facing sweeping criticisms due to her history on issues such as law enforcement and censorship, Breitbart reports.
In a bitter statement announcing her withdrawal, Sohn hit members of Congress for “unrelenting, dishonest, and cruel attacks,” adding that this is a “sad day for our country.”
“It is a sad day for our country and our democracy when dominant industries, with assistance from unlimited dark money, get to choose their regulators,” Sohn said.
“And with the help of their friends in the Senate, the powerful cable and media companies have done just that.”
Throughout a grueling 16-month confirmation process, Sohn consistently faced bipartisan critiques. In February, Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) ripped Sohn’s record of disparaging law enforcement.
“[I] would like to echo concerns raised about the nominee’s positions on matters of importance for law enforcement, both nationally and in Nevada,” Rosen said, before Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) derailed Sohn’s aspirations when he announced he would not be supporting her.
Manchin cited Sohn’s “toxic partisanship” as his reason for holding out.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) also opposed Sohn’s nomination, focusing his opposition on her past comments calling for censorship for right-wing news outlets such as Fox News and One America News Network, according to Breitbart.
Sen. Ted Cruz to Gigi Sohn: "As you know, I have significant concerns about your record, that you've demonstrated a hostility to conservative speech… And the FCC is a very dangerous place for a regulator to have the authority to silence pic.twitter.com/u6F6gjwfZt… https://t.co/tsNFUlnAqF
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 7, 2023
According to American Greatness, Sohn once went as far as saying that Fox News is “state-sponsored propaganda.”
“The withdrawal of Ms. Sohn’s nomination is a major victory and represents a strong bipartisan agreement that we need a fair and impartial candidate who can receive the support needed for confirmation,” Cruz wrote in a statement released shortly after Sohn’s withdrawal.
“The FCC is not a place for partisan activists; free speech is too important. Now, it’s time for the Biden administration to put forth a nominee who can be confirmed by the full Senate and is committed to serving as an even-handed and truly independent regulator.”
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the White House is “sad” that their nominee dropped out.
KJP says they are “sad” Biden’s radical far-left FCC nominee Gigi Sohn is dropping out of contention:pic.twitter.com/AHKi4HyarM
— Tea Party Patriots (@TPPatriots) March 7, 2023