‘Will You Publicly Disavow?’: Republicans Grill Biden FCC Nominee On History Of Left-Wing Activism

Republican members of the Senate Commerce Committee grilled Gigi Sohn, President Joe Biden’s nominee for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), at a hearing Wednesday, questioning her history as a left-wing activist.

Republican Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn questioned Sohn’s affiliations with two activist groups, Fight For the Future (FFTF) and Free Press, who Blackburn said have incited violence and harassment against elected officials, citing an instance in which former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was harassed and threatened by net neutrality activists.

“It is of concern to me, because you have tweeted support for these groups. You have made donations to these groups, and then you have been a public interest advocate for the issues; you share the sentiment that these groups are pushing forward because you have advocated for that,” Blackburn said.

Gigi Sohn by Joel Sage is licensed under Flickr Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

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