For Immediate Release
March 9, 2023
Hamilton Strategies, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.
AFA Action celebrates radical leftist Gigi Sohn’s withdrawal of FCC candidacy
TUPELO, Miss. — Earlier this year, President Biden renominated controversial lawyer Gigi Sohn to fill a vacant commissioner seat previously held by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai. The FCC, which is governed by five commissioners, is a powerful independent agency with far-reaching regulatory powers over radio and television. AFA Action, the government affairs affiliate of the American Family Association, vehemently opposed this nomination, arguing that Sohn’s objection to traditional Christian values would be vastly detrimental for Christian media.
On Tuesday, March 7, Gigi Sohn withdrew her candidacy for the position, citing “unrelenting, dishonest and cruel attacks” from opponents. AFA Action is joining other conservatives in celebrating this step for Christian media outlets.
“Sohn is known as a radical lesbian who would have used the position to try to silence American Family Radio and American Family News for airing the biblical worldview on marriage and human sexuality,” said AFA Action CEO Walker Wildmon. “In short, religious and other forms of free speech on radio, television, cable, and satellite faced a significant threat with the confirmation of Gigi Sohn. We are thrilled that Sohn removed her name from consideration for this influential position and hope that the next candidate will better represent the concerns of the conservative media and those who value the first amendment.”
This is the second time Biden has nominated Sohn for the position. The president first picked her to replace Pai in October 2021, but various concerns surrounding her past social media posts and views on certain key issues prevented the Senate from ever holding a floor vote on her confirmation.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has called Sohn a “liberal activist who said the FCC should consider revoking the broadcast licenses of news stations she disagreed with.”
AFA Action is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to advancing biblical, family values in society and government by educating and influencing public policy. The mission of AFA Action is to inform and mobilize individuals to strengthen the biblical foundations of America by persuading individuals with the truth of the Gospel, challenging the lost to repent, promoting societal values that are consistent with Scripture, restraining evil and exposing the works of darkness, motivating people to take a stand on cultural and moral issues, and encouraging Christians to bear witness to the world the love of Jesus Christ. Find AFA Action Alerts here.
To interview an AFA Action spokesperson, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.
AFA Action is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to advancing biblical, family values in society and government by educating and influencing public policy. AFA Action is also the Governmental Affairs Affiliate of American Family Association.