Bush Team Eyes Hebert as Acting FERC Chairman
Commissioner William Massey, who took over as FERC chairman
Friday, is likely to have the shortest term as FERC chairman on
record, with the Bush administration looking to replace him with
Commissioner Curt Hebert Jr. as acting chairman possibly as early
as this week, according to a member of the Bush energy transition
"I would tell him [Massey] not to move any furniture," said the
representative of the energy transition team, which met in
Washington, D.C. last Wednesday for the first time. Massey, a
Democrat, was tapped by the Clinton White House to succeed
Chairman James Hoecker on Friday, but the Bush administration plans
to replace him with a "Republican right away," the source said.
Hebert is the sole Republican on the Commission.
But this doesn't mean that Hebert will be the Bush White House's
choice to head up FERC in the longer term. "All I am going to [say]
is that I think it's problematic at this time that he [Hebert] will
be chairman," the transition team member noted. "I'm not going to
tell you that I'll bet my paycheck that he won't get the job, but I
will bet something less than my paycheck."
The musical chairs for FERC chairman began when Hoecker
announced he would step down after leading the agency for more than
three years. His last day at the Commission was Jan. 18.
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