The daughter of Jim Clyburn, the third ranking Democrat in the US House has quit the FCC Commission. Her only other credential to being on the FCC commission was that she ran a weekly newspaper targeted at getting black South Carolinians to vote in Democratic elections.
Having lost her vote to defend so-called “net neutrality” from Donald Trump, she has quit without finishing out her term. Some speculate she may run for the House Seat to replace her father.
No more than 3 of the 5 seats can be held by members of the same political party. Chuck Schumer believes he has the power to appoint FCC members. It only takes a veto of one Senator to block the nomination. The normal way past the impasse is to nominate FCC commission members in pairs, but unless a Republican also resigns, it is unlikely a New Democrat will win approval. The open seat could be filled by someone who is not a Republican (A Libertarian perhaps), but it is unlikely Democrats would go along. That suggests the position will remain empty until a Democrat is elected President and takes office in 2025 (or later) or a Republican quits or is not reappointed.