Will FCC Chair Ajit Pai Run for Office?
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been eyed for years by Kansas Republican party leaders. Some of his former government colleagues say the state’s GOP officials have asked Pai to consider running for office on three separate occasions -- though it’s not clear what those offices were. In a recent interview for C-SPAN's The Communicators, he was ambiguous about plans for a future run. When asked about it, he replied with this: "I’m very focused on doing the best job I can in this position. It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve at the FCC. I’m going to give it my all over the next two years." Newly empowered House Democrats promise more rigorous oversight of the FCC under his leadership. But Pai said he expects to find common ground with lawmakers, including policy issues related to broadband deployment. "My sense is that getting more broadband-related services out there, like telemedicine, is a good thing," he said. "Precision agriculture, for example, doesn’t have a political affiliation ... I’m really looking forward to working with the new House in the next Congress and the new Senate as well. I think we have a lot of great things we can accomplish." He said his 2019 agenda will be focused on rural broadband, telemedicine, 5G, public safety communications, and robocalls.