Orlando Being Considered for NAB Job

Posted July 6, 2009 at 2:11pm

Democratic CBS lobbyist John Orlando is under serious consideration for the top job at the National Association of Broadcasters, sources told Roll Call on Monday. NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton declined to comment on Orlando or other possible replacements for former NAB President David Rehr, who resigned in May. “An exhaustive search is currently underway,— Wharton said in a statement. A CBS spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Orlando’s possible departure. If hired, Orlando, 53, would make a return trip to the powerful trade association. The Capitol Hill veteran was NAB’s lead lobbyist before moving to the television network more than three years ago. A one-time chief of staff to Energy and Commerce Chairman Emeritus John Dingell (D-Mich.), Orlando started his career in politics 30 years ago on the campaign of ex-Rep. Mike Blouin (D-Iowa). Orlando later became the deputy director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the mid-1980s before settling in Dingell’s office in 1986. Born in Detroit, Orlando holds a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. A nearly 20-year-old profile of Orlando stated that his “acumen as a strategist has put him in good stead to serve Dingell as chief political aide, helping to manage the relationships between his boss and other committee Members and the Membership of the House itself.— On Monday, a source said Orlando’s K Street reputation has not changed since his Hill days.“He knows all the broadcast issues, he’s a well-wired Democrat and he has a reputation for being a pragmatic problem solver who works well with Republicans,— the source said. Russell Reynolds Associates is conducting the search for Rehr’s replacement. A representative from the firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.