According to this Time article, the White House has nixed four (out of twenty four) industry representatives that were going to attend the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission to discuss telecommunications standards and regulations because they supported Kerry in the 2004 Presidential elections.
"We wanted people who would represent the Administration positively, and--call us nutty--it seemed like those who wanted to kick this Administration out of town last November would have some difficulty doing that," says White House spokesman Trent Duffy.
Uh, they're industry representatives, not political representatives. If you need someone to represent the government, you send someone from the government. And besides, if they were supposed to be representing the White House, I don't think the names would have been picked by the State Department.
We're not talking about Joe Schmoe from some little company you've never heard of either. At least two of them were representatives from Nokia and Qualcomm. Yeah, you've heard of them, right? I'm no expert, but I think they're fairly big players in the telecommunications industry.
Why this international telecommunications summit has been turned into some sort of partisan thing is strange to me. What's the point? I thought President Bush was supposed to be a "uniter, not a divider". Ok, you're right... I never thought that. That's just what he said.