The Washington Times - October 14, 2010, 01:36AM

Connecticut State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, can count on no support from Howard Stern this campaign season. As a result of A.G. Blumenthal’s fight against the Sirius-XM merger in 2008, Mr. Stern announced his support for Mr. Blumenthal’s Republican challenger, former WWE CEO Linda McMahon last week (Listen to audio here).

In 2008, A.G. Blumenthal joined ten other state A.G.’s and sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission asking the government agency to consider not allowing the then separate satellite radio companies, Sirius and XM, to merge.


The Department of Justice had already weighed in on the matter and, unlike Mr. Blumenthal, did not see the merger as an illegal monopoly. According to the Connecticut Attorney General said at the time:

“This monopoly-making merger will leave Connecticut consumers at the mercy of a single company, leading to skyrocketing prices and diminished service. Customers unhappy with their service will have nowhere to go. The Justice Department’s message to satellite radio consumers: Go pound sand.

“My office, in partnership with other state attorneys general, is demanding the FCC to intervene against this flagrantly anti-competitive, anti-consumer merger. The FCC can and should protect the public interest and radio consumers by killing this monopoly before it’s created,” Blumenthal said.

Mr. Stern called Mr. Blumenthal a “dope,” “maniac,” and “lunatic” among other names after reading to his audience Mr. Blumenthal’s criticism of the proposed Sirius-XM merger.

Known for his long time criticism of the FCC, the famous radio talker went after Democrats on the FCC who were opposed to the merger as well, saying in 2008: (H/T BMI)

“The fact that these Democrats on the FCC are communists,” Stern said. “They’re for communism. They don’t want to see companies – this is gangsterism. I said, ‘This is crazy.’”  

(Listen to audio here).